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ISASS Members Featured in: 8 Steps to Optimize Spine Practice Revenue in 2013
Dennis Crandall, MD, Don Johnson, MD and Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD are featured in this Becker's Spine Review article detailing "eight best practices for increasing spine practice revenue next year."
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ISASS Member Morgan Lorio, MD Featured in: Providing Spine Care to Underserved Americans: Q&A With Dr. Morgan Lorio of Spine Health Foundation
Becker's Spine Review: The Spine Health Foundation was founded by Executive Director Carol Conduff to provide spine care — including surgical procedures — for underserved populations in the United States. This non-profit organization serves people who are uninsured and underinsured with a variety of pathologies. The organization's Official Spokesperson, Morgan Lorio, MD, discusses the need for more access to spine care in this country and where he hopes the organization is headed in the future.
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ISASS Members Noted in: 50 Spine Surgeons Focusing on Scoliosis Development
Todd Albert, MD, Howard An, MD, Neel Anand, MD, Thomas Errico, MD, Steven D. Glassman, MD, Isador Lieberman, MD, Baron Lonner, MD, Paul McAfee, MD, David Polly, MD and Frank Schwab, MD have been noted in this Becker's Spine Review list of "50 spine surgeons who are leading scoliosis development nationwide."
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ISASS Member Pierce Nunley, MD Noted in: NASS Honors Outstanding Paper Award Winners
Pierce Nunley has been noted as an outstanding paper award winner for 2012 in this Becker's Spine Review article.
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ISASS Members Featured in: 8 Experts on Most Important Areas for Spine Research
Neel Anand, MD, Joshua Auerbach, MD, Ezriel Kornel, MD and Jeffrey Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article: "Eight spine surgeons discussing the most important areas for spine research in the future."
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ISASS Member Barbara Cataletto Featured in: 6 Tips to Overcome Payor Concerns With Spine Surgery in ASCs
Becker's Spine Review: Ambulatory surgery centers are now able to bring spine procedures — including spinal fusions — into the outpatient setting. However, some ASCs are having a hard time finding payors who will reimburse for those procedures.
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ISASS Advocacy Noted in: AHRQ Questions Safety and Effectiveness of Spinal Fusion
Orthopedics This Week: "The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) is reopening the debate about the safety and effectiveness of spinal fusion. Their reports are often used by commercial payers in determining coverage policies."
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ISASS Member Ronald Wizneski, MD Featured in: Spine surgeon brings personalized care to patients
Ronald Wizneski, MD has been featured in this Cape Gazette article: "We want to take the initiative to improve our patient's health," Wisneski said. "I want my patients doing age-specific exercises, improving body mechanics and posture and taking action to prevent ongoing impairment."
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ISASS Member Nick Shamie Featured in: Dr. Nick Shamie Lectures on Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in China
Nick Shamie, MD has been featured in the Becker's ASC Review article: "A. Nick Shamie, MD, a spine surgeon with UCLA Spine Center and president of the American College of Spine Surgery, recently gave a presentation on minimally invasive spine surgery at Zhejiang University in China."
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ISASS Members Featured in: Biggest Concerns for Young Spine Surgeons: 3 Experts Discuss
Stephen Tolhurst, MD and Jeffrey Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article: "Three experts discuss their biggest concerns for young spine surgeons."
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ISASS Members Noted in: NASS Welcomes New Officers, Board Members for 2013
William Watters III, MD and Christopher Bono, MD are noted in this Becker's Spine Review article covering "The North American Spine Society's new officers and board members have been determined for the upcoming year..."
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ISASS Member Andrew Cappuccino, MD Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Andrew Cappuccino of Buffalo Spine Surgery
Andrew Cappuccino, MD has been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Andrew Cappuccino, MD, is a spine surgeon at Buffalo Spine Surgery in Lockport, N.Y., and has served on the medical staff of the Buffalo Bills for many years. He was one of the first surgeons in the state of New York to perform an artificial disc replacement surgery. He has done more disc replacement surgeries than any other surgeon in the U.S."
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ISASS Members Noted in: 10 Spine Surgeons Researching Disc Regeneration
Howard An, MD, Hyun Bae, MD, Domagoj Coric, MD and Kenneth Pettine, MD have been noted in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "10 spine surgeons currently researching spinal disc regeneration."
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ISASS Members Noted in: 10 Private Practice Spine Surgeons in Florida to Know
Anthony Castellvi, MD, Ara Deukmedjian, MD, Rolando Garcia, MD and Richard A. Hynes, MD have been noted in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "10 spine surgeons in private practice in Florida to know."
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Member Input Needed: Federal AHRQ to Review Comparative Effectiveness for Spinal Fusion
The US Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) has taken up a comparative effectiveness review of "Spinal Fusion for Treating Painful Lumbar Degenerated Discs or Joints." They recently released a draft report and have provided a public comment period with a deadline of December 18, 2012. ISASS is encouraging our members to provide comments to AHRQ.
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ISASS Member Jeffrey Goldstein, MD Featured in: Biggest Challenges for Spine Surgeons Heading Into 2013: Q&A With Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
Jeffrey Goldstein, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Jeffrey A. Goldstein, MD, is a clinical professor and director of spine service, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center and sits on the Board of Directors for the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery. Here, he discusses the biggest challenges for spine surgeons next year and where the field is headed in the future."
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ISASS Members Featured in: 8 Important Spinal Technology Advances Heading Into 2013
Andrew Hecht, MD and Grant Skidmore, MD are featured in this Becker's Spine Review article examining "eight important spinal technology advances heading into next year."
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ISASS Member Todd Albert, MD Featured in: 5 Tips for Entrepreneurial Spine Surgeons to Stay Independent
Todd Albert, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Hospitals are employing specialists today at a higher rate than in the past. Close to 70 percent of physicians are choosing hospital employment as the expenses increase and reimbursement decreases. Some spine surgeons will be happier in the hospital environment, but for more entrepreneurial-minded surgeons other options are available."
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ISASS Members Noted in: 15 Spine Surgeons Focused on Patient Advocacy
Gunnar Andersson, MD, Anthony Castellvi, MD, Domagoj Coric, MD, Thomas Errico, MD, Rolando Garcia, MD, Choll Kim, MD, Frank Phillips, MD, David Polly, MD, Paul J. Slosar, Jr., MD and James Yue, MD have been noted in this Becker's Spine Review article detailing "15 spine surgeons focused on patient advocacy."
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ISASS Member Pierce Nunley, MD Featured in: NASS Honors LSU Spine Surgeons for Research Paper
Pierce Nunley, MD (lead author) has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Research physicians from the Spine Institute of Louisiana were honored at the North American Spine Society's annual meeting with the 2012 Outstanding Paper Award for Surgical Science, according to KTBS."
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ISASS Members Noted in: The Impact of Comparative Effectiveness Research on Spine Care Device Companies
Alexander R. Vaccaro MD, PhD., Todd J. Albert, M.D. are noted as editors of the 2012 edition of Defining the Value of Spine Care in this MDDI Magazine article. This article by Rita E. Numerof is adapted from her contributed chapter in the book: "Comparative Effectiveness Research in Spine Care."
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ISASS Member Alexander Vaccaro, MD Noted in: Cervical Spine Research Society Annual Meeting Kicks Off
Alexander Vaccaro, MD is noted in this Becker's Spine Review article: "The Cervical Spine Research Society's 40th Annual Meeting is currently taking place in Chicago. Program Chair James Harrop, MD, and Alexander Vaccaro, MD, welcomed attendees this morning."
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ISASS Member James Yue, MD Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. James Yue of Yale Spine Center
James Yue, MD has been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article: "James Yue, MD, is co-director of the Yale Spine Center in New Haven, Conn., and director of the Center for Motion Preserving Spine Surgery & Studies. He was the first surgeon in New England to implant the ProDisc implant in 2002 and has published several articles based on his research into artificial discs."
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ISASS Member Barbara Cataletto Article: Insurance Dependency: Gearing Up for Next Year
Barbara Cataletto, MBA, CPC has authored this article appearing at Becker's Spine Review: "Spine practices depend on insurance company reimbursement to sustain their practice. Over time this sustainability is directly related to the patient base and insurance reimbursements that the practice develops relative to community, facility and referral relationships. These past years have placed a toll on many spine practices, so maybe it’s time to evaluate these relationships to ensure that your practice will be viable well into the future. One way to identify trends in reimbursement, patient populations and referral bases is through an insurance dependency audit."
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ISASS Member Jeffrey Wang, MD Featured in: Meeting Financial & Regulatory Demands of Healthcare Reform: 3 Spine Experts Discuss
Jeffrey Wang, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article: "Three experts discuss how spine surgeons and practices are meeting the financial and regulatory demands of healthcare reform."
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ISASS Members Profiled in: 12 Spine Surgeon Leaders With New Hospital Programs
William Beutler, MD, Frank M. Phillips, MD and Kern Singh, MD have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article noting: "12 spine surgeons who are leading new hospital spine programs that opened in 2012."
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ISASS Member Marcy Rogers, MEd Article: Developing Successful Spine Centers of Excellence and Managing Quality
Marcy Rogers, MEd has authored this article published at Becker's Spine Review: "In the simplest of terms, it is a challenging time to develop a successful spine center, and the challenge is growing. Hospitals and physicians are under greater scrutiny by the government, payors, consumers and the media because of reports about overutilization, illegal and unethical referral schemes, questionable relationships with device manufacturers, fraud and other accusations that suggest providers are making compromises to put more money in their pockets at the expense of patients' quality care."
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ISASS Member Carl Lauryssen, MD Featured in: Spinal Elements®, Inc. Announces Nationwide “Pledge to be a Hero” Program
Paramus Post: Leading neurosurgeon Dr. Carl Lauryssen of Los Angeles was the first surgeon to take the “Pledge to Be a Hero.” He stated, “I’m proud to participate in this program. With all else being equal in terms of safety and efficacy, I would rather support something that goes to a good cause while paying respect to the donor that made the allograft possible.” Dr. Lauryssen began using Hero this month.
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ISASS Member Isador Lieberman, MD Featured in: Misonix BoneScalpel™ Cited As "A Game Changer" Product
Yahoo! Finance US: "What technology have you been most impressed with over the past year?" Isador Lieberman, MD, Spine Surgeon, Texas Back Institute, Plano, Texas replied: "The ultrasonic BoneScalpel™ developed and distributed by Misonix, Inc., in the words of a recent fellow of mine, is 'a game changer.'"
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ISASS Member Dante A. Implicito, MD, Recognized as Top Doctor in New Jersey Monthly
Paramus Post: "Hackensack University Medical Center is proud to announce that 87 of its affiliated physicians have been recognized as Top Doctors, according to New Jersey Monthly magazine. A total of 22,780 New Jersey-based physicians were invited to submit their recommendations for this year’s list. It yielded 839 top doctors in 68 medical specialties."
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ISASS Members Featured in: Most Important Quality of EMR for Spine Surgeons: 4 Expert Responses
Jeffrey Wang, MD and Cheryl Zapata have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article: "Four experts discuss the most important qualities for electronic health records in spine practices."
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ISASS Member Todd Albert, MD Featured in: Becoming an Agent of Change: 4 Steps From Dr. Todd Albert
Todd Albert, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "The healthcare environment is rapidly evolving, creating opportunities for some spine surgeons to succeed while others are left in the dust. Todd Albert, MD, spine surgeon and president of Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, talks about what it takes for spine surgeons to become agents of change in healthcare."
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ISASS Members Profiled in: 18 Spine Specialists Focused on Spinal Cord Injury
Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD, and Jack Zigler, MD have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "18 spine specialists focusing on spinal cord injury."
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ISASS Members Featured in: The Next 4 Years: 4 Spine Surgeons Offer Advice to President Barack Obama
Stephen Hochschuler, MD and Jeffrey Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article: "Four spine surgeons offer their advice for President Barack Obama going into his second term."
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ISASS Members Noted in: 10 Recent Milestones for Spine Surgeons
Raymond Linovitz, MD, John Peloza, MD, Stephen Tolhurst, MD have been noted in this Becker's Spine Review article featuring "10 recent milestones for spine surgeons."
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ISASS Member Barbara Cataletto Wins National Stevie Business Award
Barbara Cataletto, ISASS member and Coding & Reimbursement Task Force member, has won a Stevie award in the category of Female Entrepreneur of the Year - Business Services -11 to 2,500 employees.
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ISASS Members Featured in: 5 Spine Experts on Most Exciting Technology for Spinal Surgery
Isador Lieberman, MD and Jeffrey Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article: "Five spine surgeons and experts on the most exciting technology for spinal surgery next year."
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ISASS Members Featured in: What Regulations Cause the Biggest Headaches for Spine Surgeons?
A. Nick Shamie, MD and Jeffrey Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article: "Two spine surgeons discuss the regulations that cause the biggest headaches at their practices."
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ISASS Member Richard Kube, MD Featured in: Building a Spine Surgery Center: 5 Points From Dr. Richard Kube
Becker's Spine Review: Richard Kube, MD, is the CEO, founder and owner of Prairie Spine & Pain Institute in Peoria, Ill. Dr. Kube built his new surgical facility, Prairie SurgiCare, and worked to streamline the project. Prairie SurgiCare went from demolition to occupancy permit in about six weeks with accreditation six weeks later.
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ISASS Member John Peloza, MD Featured in: Center for Spine Care Drs. John Peloza, Michael Musacchio Use Coflex Device for Spine Surgery
John Peloza, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "John Peloza, MD, and Michael Musacchio, Jr., MD, of the Center for Spine Care in Dallas are among the first surgeons in the country to use the Coflex Interlaminar Technology since its FDA approval."
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ISASS Member Raymond Linovitz, MD Profiled in: Dr. Raymond Linovitz Joins Aurora Spine Advisory Board
Raymond Linovitz, MD has been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Raymond Linovitz, MD, has joined Carlsbad, Calif.-based Aurora Spine's Aurora Advisory Board."
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ISASS Member Andrew Hecht, MD Featured in: The Daily Checkup: Neck and arm pain could signal spinal injury
Andrew Hecht, MD, has been featured in this NY Daily News article: "Mount Sinai's Dr. Andrew Hecht says herniated discs and arthritic deterioration can lead to chronic problems."
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ISASS Member Paul Anderson, MD Featured in: Infuse Inhibits Cancer?
Orthopedics This Week: Can 467,916 spine fusion patients be wrong? At the recent NASS meeting, Dr. Paul Anderson presented data from a retrospective study of 467,916 Medicare patients of whom 110,808 were treated with BMP-2. He found that the BMP-2 patients had a 6.2% reduced risk of cancer. Huh?! Read the details here.
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ISASS Members Featured in: Celebrating 35 Years of Growth & Innovation: 5 Pillars of Texas Back Institute's Success
ISASS Past President Stephen Hochschuler, MD and Ralph Rashbaum, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Stephen Hochschuler, MD, met Ralph Rashbaum, MD, while they were both stationed at the Air Force base in Wichita Falls, Texas, before they were even specializing in orthopedics, let alone leading one of the preeminent spine groups in the country. As general medicine officers, their relationship and interest in spinal disorders grew, and both went on to focused orthopedics and spine training. Two years later, they began the process to develop their practice, Texas Back Institute in Plano, which has been at the forefront of the field ever since.
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ISASS Members Featured in: 10 Key Trends in Spine Surgery for 2013
Neel Anand, MD, Jeffrey C. Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Several leaders in the spine surgery field discuss the key trends to watch for 2013."
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ISASS Member Scott Blumenthal, MD Featured in: First U.S. Service Member to Get Artificial Disc Named TBI ‘Patient of the Month’
Scott Blumenthal, MD has been featured in this Chron article: "To honor the millions of Americans who serve in uniform and to recognize the military’s first recipient of an artificial disc, Texas Back Institute announced U.S. Marine Alex Fender as Patient of the Month for November 2012."
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ISASS Member Roger Hartl, MD Featured in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Roger Hartl of Weill Cornell Medical College
Becker's Spine Review: "Roger Hartl, MD, is an associated professor of neurological surgery and chief of spine surgery and neurotrauma at the Brain and Spine Center at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City."
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October 2012 Edition of The Spine Movement Newsletter Now Available
The latest issue of The Spine Movement features "ISASS Category Coding 101" by ISASS Coding & Reimbursement Task Force Chair Morgan Lorio, MD, "2013 Physician Fee Schedule Finalized - CMS Assigns Valuation to Pre-Sacral Fusion Code", "ISASS Vetting Committee Announced", "International Journal of Spine Surgery Announces Open Access Publication Option" and "New IJSS Articles".
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ISASS Members Featured in: 7 Thoughts on President Barack Obama's Re-Election Impacts Spine Surgery
ISASS President Steven Garfin, MD, ISASS Past President Stephen Hochschuler, MD, A. Nick Shamie, MD, and Jeffrey Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article featuring: "Seven leading spine surgeons discuss how President Barack Obama's re-election will impact spine surgery and what spine surgeons can expect from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the future."
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ISASS in New Spinal News International App for iPad and iPhone
"Spinal News International is your one-stop source for news, views, comment and controversy in the spinal world.
The Spinal News International app has exclusive content with live updates from key spinal conferences such as NASS, ISASS, IMAST, EuroSpine and BASS."
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ISASS Members Noted in: 35 Spine Surgeons Focusing on Motion Preservation
Todd J. Albert, MD, Howard An, MD, Paul A. Anderson, MD, Scott L. Blumenthal, MD, Andrew Cappuccino, MD, Allen Carl, MD, Antonio E Castellvi, MD, Domagoj Coric, MD, Reginald J. Davis, MD, Rick B. Delamarter, MD, Thomas Errico, MD, Jeffrey S. Fischgrund, MD, Rolando Garcia, Jr., MD, Federico P. Girardi, MD, Matthew Gornet, MD, Richard D. Guyer, MD, Stephen H. Hochschuler, MD, Larry T. Khoo, MD, James D. Kang, MD, Paul C. McAfee, MD, Kenneth A. Pettine, MD, James Yue, MD and Jack Zigler, MD have been noted in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "35 spine surgeons who are focusing on motion preservation."
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ISASS Member Nick Shamie, MD Featured in: Are ACOs Beneficial for Spine Surgeons? Q&A With Dr. Nick Shamie of UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center
A. Nick Shamie, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "A. Nick Shamie, MD, associate professor of spine surgery at UCLA and president of the American College of Spine Surgery, discusses new payment models on the horizon and how spine surgeons will fit into accountable care organizations."
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ISASS Member Richard Kube, MD Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Richard Kube of Prairie Spine & Pain Institute
Becker's Spine Review: "Richard Kube, MD, is a spine surgeon and founder of Prairie Spine & Pain Institute in Peoria, Ill. He is also a faculty member at the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Peoria."
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ISASS Advocacy Featured in: CMS Assigns Valuation to Spinal Fusion Code in 2013 Physician Fee Schedule
Becker's Spine Review: "The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule last week, which includes a few updates for spine coding, according to a report from the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery."
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ISASS Members Noted in: The Ten Best New Spine Technologies of 2012
Christopher Bono, MD, Pierce Nunley, MD and Daniel Riew, MD are noted as surgeon judges in this Orthopedics This Week article covering "The winners of the 2012 Orthopedics This Week Best Technology Award for Spine..."
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ISASS Members Featured in: Texas Back Institute Celebrates 35 Years of Medical Innovation, Surgical Fellowships and Patient Care
Stephen Hochschuler, MD and Richard Guyer, MD have been featured in this article: "To celebrate three and a half decades of medical innovation and the progress of its founders and staff, Texas Back Institute hosted an anniversary reception on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at the Dallas Museum of Art."
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2013 Physician Fee Schedule Finalized - CMS Assigns Valuation to Pre-Sacral Fusion Code

ISASS Thanks our Members for Stepping Up

On November 1st, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule.

Of particular note to ISASS members is CMS' decision to assign a valuation ('relative value units') to a recently approved Category I CPT® code 22586: pre-sacral interbody fusion at L5-S1. Earlier this year, ISASS supported the transition of this procedure code to Category I status from its Category III status since the procedure had satisfied the criteria necessary for such a code transition. After the Editorial Panel had voted in favor of establishing the Category I code for pre-sacral interbody fusion, other spine-related medical societies declined to participate in a member RUC survey to establish physician valuation for the procedure. ISASS however realized the importance of appropriately valued procedures to its spine surgeon members, and agreed to conduct a survey of our members to collect the appropriate data for CMS to establish valuation for this procedure.

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ISASS Members Noted in: 20 Spine Surgeons Writing Books
Richard Fessler, MD, Steven Garfin, MD, Stephen Hochschuler, MD and John Regan, MD have been noted in this Becker's Spine Review article featuring "20 spine surgeons who are authors of patient- and consumer-focused books."
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ISASS Members Featured in: How Much Time Does Your Spine Practice Spend Talking With Insurance Companies Per Week?
Paul Slosar, MD and Jeffrey Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article: "Two spine surgeons discuss the amount of time their and their office staff spend on the phone with insurance companies every week."
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ISASS Member Vijay Geol, MD Featured in: joimax®, EndoSphere Spine, LLC and the University of Toledo, Ohio, have signed a license agreement on endoscopic cage technologies
Prof. Goel is enthusiastic with the idea to position the cage technology using the joimax® minimally invasive access technique: “The combination of our know how with the joimax® expertise leads us to a unique concept that will dramatically push endoscopic spinal surgery forward.”
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ISASS Members Featured in: 10 Most Important Qualities for Spine Surgeon Leaders
Dennis Crandall, MD and Nick Shamie, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Healthcare is an ever-evolving field and spine surgeon leaders are beginning to step forward as experts in practice management, hospital service line management and policy making decisions in addition to the traditional research and technique development arena."
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ISASS Members Profiled in: 20 Spine Surgeons Leading Charitable Care Efforts
Isador Lieberman, MD, MBA, Jeffrey R. McConnell, MD and Kamshad Raiszadeh, MD have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "20 spine surgeons leading charitable spine care efforts."
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ISASS Advocacy Efforts Featured in: ISASS Joins Medical Societies Petition to Eliminate SGR
Becker's Spine Review: "The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery has joined with the American Medical Association and more than 100 medical societies in writing Congress about the sustainable growth rate and a transition to a better model of care."
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ISASS Members Featured in: Spine Surgery Coverage Changes in 2012: 5 Experts Discuss
Paul Slosar, MD and Jeffrey Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article: "Five spine industry experts discuss spine surgery coverage policy changes over the past year."
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Advocacy: ISASS Joins the AMA and 100+ Medical Societies in SGR Transition Principles Letter
The AMA and more than 100 state and medical specialty societies - including ISASS - issued a set of principles that can support a federal transition from the sustainable growth-rate formula to a “higher performing Medicare program.” In an Oct. 15 letter to Congressional Leaders, the groups called for lawmakers to repeal the Medicare physician payment formula, arguing that eliminating the SGR formula is essential to the development of a high performing Medicare program.
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ISASS Member Neal Anand, MD Interviewed in: New Surgery for Back Pain -- In Depth Doctor's Interview
Ivanhoe.com: "Dr. Neel Anand, Director of Spine Trauma, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles, talks about a new procedure that can ease pain faster than ever before."
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ISASS Members Profiled in: 20 Naval Spine Surgeon Leaders
Mitchell A. Hardenbrook, MD Jeffrey McConnell, MD, William Sukovich, MD, Anthony Yeung, MD and Richard Zogby, MD have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "20 spine surgeon leaders who have spent time in the Navy."
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ISASS Member Ronald A. Lehman Jr, MD Featured in: The Spine Journal Devotes Powerful Issue to Casualties of War
Ronald Lehman, Jr, MD has been featured in this Yahoo! Finance US article: "While the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have introduced the world to the devastation of catastrophic blast injuries, a leading cause of medical evacuation from Iraq and Afghanistan is actually non-battle spinal pain. This and other surprising data are featured in the September issue of The Spine Journal, which is devoted to casualties of war."
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ISASS Member Richard Kube, MD Featured in: 8 Steps for Best Results When Hiring a Spine Practice Manager
Richard Kube, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Hiring a spine practice manager can be difficult because the job requires several skills: business management, accounting, marketing and human resources, to name a few. Here, several surgeons and industry experts discuss how to make sure you are hiring the best person for the job."
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ISASS Partners With The Business of Spine for Further Coding Education
Becker's Spine Review: The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery has partnered with The Business of Spine to educate its members on coding and reimbursements.
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ISASS Past President and IJSS Editor-in-Chief Hansen Yuan, MD Featured in: Expanding Orthopedics Inc. Appoints Dr. Hansen Yuan to Board of Directors
Yahoo! Finance US: Expanding Orthopedics Inc., an emerging spinal device company, announced today the appointment of Dr. Hansen Yuan, one of the leading industry experts, to the Company's Board of Directors. "We are extremely proud and honored to add Dr. Yuan to our Board of Directors" said Mike Sherman, Director at Expanding Orthopedics Inc. and Partner at MB Venture Partners. "Dr. Yuan is a global key opinion leader in spine surgery with great engineering and technical skills. His extensive clinical and research experience will allow him to immediately add value to the company, both on product development and industry collaboration".
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ISASS Member Richard Isaacs, MD Featured in: Baxano's iO-Tome™ Device Receives FDA Clearance
Yahoo! Finance US: Baxano, Inc., a Silicon Valley based medical device company and manufacturer of the iO-Flex® System utilized in spinal decompression surgery, announced today that it has received FDA clearance to market its new iO-Tome™ instrument. [...]
“One of the more technically challenging steps of a less invasive fusion procedure such as a transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) is performing a good facetectomy,” commented Robert Isaacs, MD, a neurosurgeon from Durham, North Carolina. “This new instrument can change this step to be simple, fast, safe and repeatable in all hands and could reduce the learning curve significantly.”
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ISASS Member Richard Kube, MD Featured in: 5 Factors for Spine Surgeons to Negotiate Better Payor Contracts
Becker's Spine Review: "Here are five factors for spine surgeons to better payor negotiations."
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ISASS Member Alfred Bonati, MD Featured in: Dr. Alfred Bonati: Back Pain Requires the Right Kinds of Remedy
Yahoo! Finance US: Although there are a great deal of medical professionals and treatment options available for those experiencing back pain, a recent article from The Spectrum reveals that many patients may not know where to go to seek out proper care. [...] Dr. Alfred Bonati, Chief Surgeon and Founder of the Bonati Spine Institute, weighs in on this dilemma that continues to trouble patients today.
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Dr. Thomas Errico: 5 Goals of International Advocates for Spine Patients
Former ISASS President and current Chair of IASP Dr. Thomas Errico details why IASP was created with five points noting the patient and physician focused advocacy efforts of the new organization in this Becker's Spine Review article.
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ISASS Member Anthony Yeung, MD in: Yeung Honored by SMISS
Orthopedics This Week: Anthony Yeung, M.D., known to his many friends and admirers as “Tony,” is the 2012 recipient of the Parviz Kambin Award, given by the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) to honor outstanding surgeons in the field of endoscopic spine surgery.
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ISASS Members Featured in: Where is Spine Research Headed? 4 Surgeon Responses
Dennis Crandall, MD and Paul Slosar, MD have been featured in this week's Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article detailing: "Four spine surgeons discuss where spine research is headed in the future."
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ISASS Member Dennis Crandall, MD Featured in: 8 Lessons Learned Building a Spine Practice
Becker's Spine Review: "Dennis Crandall, MD, founder and medical director of Sonoran Spine Center in Mesa, Ariz., originally began practicing as a member of a large group and then struck out on his own to begin a spine specialty practice.... Dr. Crandall discusses eight lessons learned from starting his own group."
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ISASS Members Noted in: 20 Surgeon Leaders With Spine Device Companies
Jeffrey Fischgrund, MD, Kevin Foley, MD, Steven R. Garfin, MD, Charles Gordon, MD, Stephen H. Hochschuler, MD, John P. Kostuik, MD, Carl Lauryssen, MD, Isador Lieberman, MD, Dennis McGowan, MD, Warren Neely, MD, John E. Sherman, MD and Paul Slosar, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "20 spine surgeons who are leaders on device company scientific, medical or executive boards."
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ISASS Member Rick Sasso, MD Featured in: Medtronic to release instrument set for BRYAN Disc
The Business Journals: "The ACD Instrument Set is designed to use similar surgical skills surgeons learned in anterior cervical surgery to implant the BRYAN Disc, said Rick Sasso, a surgeon with the Indiana Spine Group. This will simplify the process because of the familiarity surgeons have with the surgical method."
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ISASS Member John Joseph Regan Featured in: Eminent spine surgeon joins Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical Group
Arab News: "Dr. John Joseph Regan has joined Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical Group. He will start receiving his patients from Saturday November 10. Dr. Regan has more than 28 years’ experience as a spine surgeon."
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ISASS Member Paul Slosar, MD Featured in: ASC Leader to Know: Dr. Paul Slosar of SpineCare Medical Group
Becker's Spine Review has profiled ISASS member Paul Slosar, MD: "is a spine surgeon and president of SpineCare Medical Group and the group's non-profit research arm, the San Francisco Spine Institute, a position he has held since 2007. Dr. Slosar's previous leadership appointments at SpineCare Medical Group include assistant director of surgical fellowship and surgical research for the San Francisco Spine Institute."
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IASP: Dedicated to Advocacy on Behalf of Spine Surgeons and Their Patients
ISASS' sister organization International Advocates for Spine Patients (IASP) is dedicated to spine advocacy for spine surgeons and their patients: "ISASS will remain focused on its education mission to bring the latest scientific results, research findings, and clinical information to our members; IASP will go out and fight to ensure that our patients have access to all therapies and treatments (primarily surgical) that will improve their lives."
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World Spine Day Website Launched
World Spine Day takes place on October 16 each year. Straighten Up and Move is the current theme for World Spine Day (WSD) is aimed at encouraging the development of healthy spine habits. A new website has been launced for World Spine Day that provides online resources, including a WSD Planning Toolkit.
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ISASS Members Featured in: 7 Spine Surgeons on Big Concerns Keeping Them Up at Night
Dennis Crandall, MD, Michael Duffy, MD, Andrew C. Hecht, MD and Richard Kube, MD have been featured in this week's Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article detailing: "seven spine surgeons discussing the biggest concerns that keep up at night. "
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ISASS Members Featured in: 5 Advantages of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Techniques
Frank Phillips, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article detailing "five advantages spine surgeons have found after employing minimally invasive surgical technique."
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Advocacy Alert: Washington State Health Care Authority Seeking Input on Cervical Spinal Fusion for DDD
The office of Health Technology Assessment in the state of Washington has commissioned a health technology assessment of cervical spinal fusion for degenerative disc disease, in order to compare the clinical benefits, potential harms, and economic impact of cervical fusion procedures to conservative management and other treatment alternatives.
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ISASS and IASP Featured in: ISASS Creates Advocacy Organization
Becker's Spine Review: "The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery has created a new advocacy organization, the International Advocates for Spine Patients."
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ISASS Members Featured in: 6 Spine Surgeons on Most Exciting Technology for the Future
Dennis Crandall, MD, Richard Kube, MD and Paul Slosar, MD have been featured in this week's Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article detailing: "six spine surgeons discussing the biggest opportunities for growth in the spine field.."
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ISASS Members at Texas Back Institute Recognized as "Best Doctors in Dallas 2012" in D Magazine
Scott Blumenthal, MD, Richard Guyer, MD, Michael Hisey, MD and Jack Zigler, MD of the Texas Back Institute have been recognized in D Magazine's Best Doctor's in Dallas 2012: "Celebrating 35 years of excellence in spine care, Texas Back Institute is known worldwide for providing the latest, state-of-the art treatments and technology for neck and back pain."
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ISASS Member Douglas Wong, MD Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Douglas Wong of Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center
Douglas Wong, MD has been profiled by Becker's Spine Review: "Douglas Wong, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in operative and non-operative treatment of spinal disorders in both adult and pediatric patients. He practices with Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center in Denver. He's also affiliated with Ortho Colorado Hospital."
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ISASS Member Christopher Chaput, MD Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Christopher Chaput of Scott & White Healthcare
Christopher Chaput, MD has been profiled by Becker's Spine Review: "Christopher Chaput, MD, is a spine surgeon and the director of orthopedic research at Temple, Texas-based Scott & White Healthcare. He's also an assistant professor of surgery at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine."
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ISASS Member Dennis Crandall, MD Featured in: 5 Big Revenue Generators for Spine Practices
Dennis Crandall, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article noting "five big revenue generators for spine surgery practices."
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18 ISASS Members Profiled in: 60 Spine Surgeon Inventors to Know
Dennis Crandall, MD, Ara Deukmedjian, MD, Thomas Errico, MD, Justin Field, MD, Charles R. Gordon, MD, Stephen Hochschuler, MD, Ken Y. Hsu, MD, Casey K. Lee, MD, Isador Lieberman, MD, Paul C. McAfee, MD, Pierce D. Nunley, MD, Said Osman, MD, Kenneth A. Pettine, MD, Rick Sasso, MD, Jeffrey Wang, MD, Christopher Yeung, MD, Anthony T. Yeung, MD and Jim Zucherman, MD have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article noting "60 spine surgeon inventors to know."
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ISASS Members Featured in: How to Keep Costs Down: 3 Spine Surgeons on Their Tactics
Dennis Crandall, MD and Richard Kube, MD have been featured in this week's Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article detailing: "spine surgeons discussing techniques to keep costs down."
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ISASS Member Hans Jorg Meisel, MD, PhD Featured in: DiFUSION Technologies Announces Breakthrough Medical Polymer
Finanz Nachrichten.de: "According to Professor Hans Jorg Meisel, M.D., PhD, the Director for the Center of Neurosciences and the Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at BG-Clinic Bergmannstrost, Halle, Germany,"An orthobiologic material that resists infection and osteointegrates with bone would be the holy-grail of orthopedics. What more could we ask of an implant or material?"
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ISASS Member Jeffrey Goldstein, MD Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein of NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases
Becker's Spine Review: "Jeffrey A. Goldstein, MD, is the Director of the Spine Service and Associate Director of the Spine Fellowship at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. His clinical expertise includes the surgical treatment of degenerative diseases of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, deformity, trauma and tumors."
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ISASS Member Jeffrey Lotz, PhD Featured in: NewVert, Ltd., Announces Appointment of Jeffrey Lotz, PhD, to the Clinical Advisory Board for the Octopus Spinal Annular Repair System
Yahoo! Finance US: "NewVert Ltd., today announced appointment of Jeffrey Lotz, PhD, to the Clinical Advisory Board (CAB) for its Octopus Spinal Annular Repair System (OSA)2. The CAB will meet periodically to assess the development strategies for OSA and advise the company on the state of the spinal repair market."
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ISASS Member Barbara Cataletto, MBA, CPC Featured in: 5 Big Changes in Coverage Policies Devastating Spine Surgery
Barbara Cataletto, MBA, CPC and CEO of Business Dynamics has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Surgeons have been seeing sudden and unannounced coverage changes for common spinal procedures over the past year, leading to denied claims and a loss of revenue and resources. The strategies used by many insurance companies to rein in costs have had a significant impact on spine practices and patient care."
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Press Release: International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) and The Business of Spine (TBOS) partner to bring education to the spine coding professional
The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery has partnered with The Business of Spine to provide coding and reimbursement education to its members. The Business of Spine is a web-based education program that is designed to aid in the growth and development of spine professionals in areas of spine coding, collection and appeals issues. This program includes online courses, as well as on-demand webinars with Barbara Cataletto, the nation’s spine reimbursement subject matter expert, and Mauro Cataletto, MD.
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ISASS Member Don Johnson, MD Featured in: 7 Steps to Enhance Spine Practice Revenue
Don Johnson, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article discussing "seven ways surgeons can enhance revenue at their practices."
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ISASS Member James Lindley, MD Featured in: Memorial seeks patients for clinical trial [VIDEO]
WTOC: "Memorial University Medical Center and a Savannah neurosurgeon are working together in a clinical trial that they say could be the spine surgery for the future."
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ISASS Member Stephen Hochschuler, MD Featured in: 5 Partnership Options for Independent Spine Groups
Former ISASS President Stephen Hochschuler, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article noting "five options spine surgeons are exploring for partnerships with hospitals that don't include employment."
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ISASS Member John Kostuik, MD Noted in: Spinal Instrument Company Blossoms In Quiet Corner Of Leesburg
Leesburg Today: K2M started in Eric Major’s garage in Ashburn, inventing and producing instruments for doctors to use in spinal surgeries, with Major and his co-founder, John P. Kostuik, a former chief of spine surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
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ISASS Member Hallett Mathews, MD, MBA Featured in: Paradigm Spine Welcomes Hallett Mathews, MD, MBA As Its Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
Hallett Mathews, MD, MBA, a former ISASS board member, has been featured in this Yahoo! Finance US article noting "the hire of one of the spine industry's leading visionaries, practitioners, and clinical authorities, Hallett Mathews, MD, MBA."
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ISASS Member Michael Duffy, MD Featured in: Surgeon Reports Core Strength is Critical to Recuperate from Back Surgery
Michael Duffy, MD has been featured in this Fox 5 Vegas article discussing: "investing time in core strength is more important that walking, the preferred exercise according to a new CDC study."
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ISASS Member Issada Throngtrangan, MD Profiled in: Dr. Issada Throngtrangan Joins Valley Orthopedics in Phoenix
Issada Throngtrangan, MD has been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article: "Dr. Throngtrangan has a professional interest in revision spine surgery."
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ISASS Members Profiled in: 18 Spine Surgeons & Specialists on the Move
Ashraf Darwish, MD, Saqib Siddiqui, MD and Issada Throngtrangan, MD have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article noting "18 spine surgeons on the move this year."
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ISASS Members Featured in: 7 Spine Surgeons on Biggest Opportunities for Growth in Spinal Surgery
Dennis Crandall, MD, Ara Deukmedjian, MD, Richard Kube, MD and Paul Slosar, MD have been featured in this week's Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article asking: "Where do you see the biggest opportunity for growth in the spine field today?"
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ISASS Member Donald Johnson, MD Featured in: 8 Benefits for Spine Practices of Adding Pain Management
Donald Johnson, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "As the healthcare industry continues to change, spine surgeons and practices are increasingly partnering with pain management and physical medicine specialists to grow their practice and remain independent."
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ISASS Member's Profiled in: 15 Spine Surgeons & Specialists Pioneering Surgical Technique
Ara Deukmedjian, MD, Ken Hsu, MD, Isador Lieberman, MD, Paul McAfee, MD, Said Osman, MD, Rick Sasso, MD, Anthony Yeung, MD and Jim Zucherman, MD have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article.
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ISASS Member Neel Anand, MD Featured in: New surgery for back pain [VIDEO]
Neel Anand, MD is featured in this WABC video elucidating the MISS approach for patients who suffer from lower back pain in the sacro-iliac or S-I joint.
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ISASS Member Jeffrey Goldstein, MD Featured in: 10 Reimbursement Trends for Spine Surgery
Jeffrey Goldstein, MD is featured in this Becker's Spine Review article enumerating "10 points discussing the challenges of spine surgery reimbursement today and where the trends are heading in the future."
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ISASS Members Featured in: 7 Spine Surgeons on Cash-Pay Options
Dennis Crandall, MD, Richard Kube, MD, Paul Slosar, MD and Jack Zigler, MD have been featured in this week's Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article asking: "Have you ever considered offering spine surgery for cash-pay patients?"
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ISASS Members Profiled in: 22 Spine & Neurosurgeons for Professional Football Teams
Andrew Cappuccino, MD, Dennis Crandall, MD, Roger Hartl, MD, Andrew Hecht, MD and Alexander Vaccaro, MD have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "22 spine and neurosurgeons for professional football teams."
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ISASS Member Kaixuan Liu, MD Featured in: Newest Options for Treating Sciatica: Renowned Surgeon Dr. Kaixuan Liu on Relief for Sciatic Nerve Compression
One in ten Americans will suffer from sciatica or similar conditions in their lifetime: Lower back pain affects more than forty million people in the United States alone and is the leading cause of disability in people under age 45 worldwide, according to a study in April’s Annals of Internal Medicine.
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KOMISS: Korean Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Research Society - KOMISS 2012 Cadaver Workshop
The KOMISS International Cadaver Workshop for Percutaneous Endoscopic Spine Surgery 2012, Hands On Course is being held November 17-18, 2012 at Seoul St. Mary's Hospital in Seoul, Korea. View the program, registration detail and other information at the KOMISS website.
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ISASS Member Dennis Crandall, MD Featured in: Heath Care Heroes: Physician Winner: Dr. Dennis Crandall
Pheonix Business Journal: “In 2012, our most productive year ever, I was the lead or co-author on 34 original research papers on different spinal disorders,” he said. “I am currently the principal investigation for a multi-center FDA trial that studies the safety of a new fusion technique.”
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ISASS Member Kenneth Pettine, MD Featured in: Spine Surgeon Dr. Kenneth Pettine to Co-Host Meeting on Ambulatory Spine Surgery
SFGate: "Kenneth Pettine, MD, founder of The Spine Institute and Loveland Surgery Center in Colorado, is pleased to announce an upcoming meeting and cocktail reception supporting spine surgery in an ambulatory surgery center."
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ISASS Member David Polly, MD Featured in: Drs. David Polly & Stefan Parent Receive Spine Care Research Grant
Becker's Spine Review: David W. Polly, MD, and Stefan Parent, MD, received the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Prospective Clinical Research Grant for Spine Care, according to an AAOS Now report.
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ISASS Members Featured in: How Does Spine Surgeon Employment Compare to 10 Years Ago?
Dennis Crandall, MD, Richard Guyer, MD, and Richard Kube, MD are featured in this week's Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article asking: "How Does Spine Surgeon Employment Compare to 10 Years Ago?"
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ISASS Members Profiled in: 30 Spine Surgeons at Physician-Owned Hospitals
Todd J. Albert, MD and David Musante, MD have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "30 spine surgeons at physician-owned hospitals."
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ISASS Member Carl Lauryssen, MD Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Carl Lauryssen of Tower Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
Becker's Spine Review: "Carl Lauryssen, MD, is board-certified neurosurgeon by both the American and the Canadian Boards of Neurological Surgery. He is the co-director of spine research and development at Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles. His research and surgical interests focus on minimally invasive surgery and motion preservation."
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ISASS Member William Tobler, MD Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. William Tobler of The Christ Hospital Spine Surgery Center
Becker's Spine Review: "William Tobler, MD, is a board-certified neurological surgeon and the chairman of the board of managers at The Christ Hospital Spine Surgery Center in Cincinnati.
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ISASS Members Featured in: What Impact Does the Economic Downturn Have on Spine Practices? 6 Spine Surgeons Respond
Don Johnson, MD, Kenneth Pettine, MD and the Texas Back Institute are featured in this Becker's Spine Review article in which "six spine surgeons discuss how the economic downturn has impacted their practices over the past few years."
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ISASS Members Featured in: 5 Spine Surgeons on Negotiating Out-of-Network Payor Contracts
Scott Blumenthal, MD, Dennis Crandall, MD and Richard Kube, MD are featured in this week's Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article asking: "Is there still an opportunity to negotiate out-of-network contracts for spine surgery?"
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ISASS Members Featured in: SpineGuard Testimonials [VIDEO]
Larry Khoo, MD and Alphonse Lubansu, MD have been featured in two testimonial videos for SpineGuard: The Dangers of Radiation Exposure and PediGuard: Addressing the Challenges of Pedicle Screw Placement.
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ISASS Members Profiled in: 12 Spine Surgeon Instructors of Endoscopic Techniques
Richard Fessler, MD, Choll Kim, MD, Said Osman, MD and Anthony Yeung, MD have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "12 spine surgeons who have been instructors in endoscopic surgical technique."
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ISASS Member Ken Yonemura, MD Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Ken Yonemura of the Lakeview Hospital in Utah
Ken Yonemura, MD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon who practices at the Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful, Utah. He's also a part of the Wasatch Neurological Surgery Clinic in Bountiful.
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ISASS Member Stephen Hochschuler, MD Featured in: 7 Biggest Factors Impacting Spine Research & Innovation
ISASS Past President Stephen Hochschuler, MD is featured in this Becker's Spine Review article enumerating "several factors making an impact on spine research and innovation today, with some posing challenges while others offer opportunities for growth and development."
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ISASS Member Scott Kitchel, MD, Noted in: Spinal Elements Launches Unique Titanium Coated PEEK Implant
Orthopedics This Week: “This is an exciting new technology for application in the spine. It’s easy to envision this becoming the new standard for interbody fusion implants.”
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ISASS Member Issada Thongtrangan, MD Featured in: Valley Orthopedics adds prestigious Phoenix spine surgeon, Issada Thongtrangan
WiredPRNews.com: "Phoenix Spine Surgeon, Issada Thongtrangan, MD, joins Valley Orthopedics with fellowships in both Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Spine surgery and the highest level of training in neck and back surgery. His specialties include complex spinal reconstruction, scoliosis, tumor and revision surgery for patients who have undergone previous spinal surgery without success."
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ISASS Members Featured in: 5 Spine Surgeons on Practicing Defensive Medicine
Dennis Crandall, MD and Paul Slosar, MD are featured in this week's Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article asking: "How often do you practice defensive medicine?"
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ISASS Members and Practices Profiled in: 18 Spine Practices & Surgeons With Research Foundations
Frank Cammisa Jr., MD, Paul Slosar, MD, Antoine G. Tohmeh, MD, Nebraska Spine Center, Seton Spine & Scoliosis Center, Sonoran Spine Center, Spine Colorado, SpineCare Medical Group, Texas Back Institute and Twin Cities Spine Center are profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article.
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ISASS Members Featured in: 4 Spine Surgeons on How Congress Should Proceed With Healthcare Reform
Dennis Crandall, MD, Michael Hisey, MD, and Paul Slosar, MD are featured in this week's Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article asking: "How should Congress move forward with healthcare reforms?"
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ISASS Member Alexander Vaccaro, MD Featured in: Study on Timing of Spinal Surgery
Bio-Medicine: "According to a spine surgeon Alexander Vaccaro, M.D., timing of surgery is crucial in a case of severe spinal injury. It is a matter of great argument among the orthopaedic surgeons."
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ISASS Members Featured in: 8 Steps to Boost Profitability at Spine Practices
Dennis Crandall, MD, Daniel Murrey, MD, MPP, and Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article detailing "eight steps to boost profitability at your spine practice from spine surgeons and industry experts."
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ISASS Member Ken Pettine, MD and The Spine Movement Featured in: Dr. Ken Pettine on Benefits of Outpatient Spine Surgery in ASCs
Becker's Spine Review: "Ken Pettine, MD, of Rocky Mountain Associates in Orthopedic Medicine and co-owner of Loveland Surgery Center, both in Loveland, Colo., recently discussed the market for spine surgery in ambulatory surgery centers in an article for The Spine Movement, a publication of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery."
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ISASS Members Profiled in: 11 Spine Surgeons Performing Minimally Invasive Scoliosis Surgery
Neel Anand, MD, Richard Fessler, MD, Adam Kanter, MD, and William D. Tobler, MD have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review Article featuring "11 spine surgeons who perform minimally invasive scoliosis surgical techniques."
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ISASS Member Adam Kanter, MD Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Adam Kanter of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Becker's Spine Review: Adam Kanter, MD, is a neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is also an assistant professor in the department of neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and director of the department's minimally invasive spine program.
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ISASS Member Frank Phillips, MD Featured in: Where Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Is Now & Where It's Headed: Q&A With Dr. Frank Phillips of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush
Becker's Spine Review: "Here, Dr. Phillips discusses recent developments in minimally invasive spine surgery, as well as the roadblocks spine surgeons sometimes face in getting reimbursements."
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ISASS Member Kaixuan Liu, MD Featured in: A Pain in the Back -- Spine Surgeon Dr. Kaixuan Liu on the Latest Tips for Treating a Pinched Nerve in the Lumbar or Cervical Spine
ITBusinessNet.com: "A pinched nerve is compression on one of the delicate spinal nerves that branch off the spinal cord and travel to other parts of the body, says Kaixuan Liu, M.D., Ph.D., spine surgeon and founder of Atlantic Spine Center in Edison, New Jersey. Symptoms can include local or radiating pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness."
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ISASS Member Alexander Vaccaro, MD Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Alexander Vaccaro of Rothman Institute
Becker's Spine Review: "Alexander Vaccaro, MD, is a spine surgeon with Rothman Institute and vice chairman of the department of orthopedics at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia."
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ISASS Member Carl Lauryssen, MD Featured in: Baxano's iO-Flex® Technology Highlighted in Clinical Interventions in Aging
Yahoo! Finance US: "Standard surgical techniques for treating lumbar spinal stenosis have significant limitations, including access to lateral and foraminal compression and postoperative instability. This study demonstrates how the iO-Flex System overcomes tese limitations while still providing complete decompression," stated Dr. Lauryssen.
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ISASS Members Featured in: 4 Spine Surgeons on Bundled Payments in the Future
Dennis Crandall, MD and Paul Slosar, MD are featured in this week's Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article asking: "Would you ever consider bundled payments for spine surgery at your practice?"
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ISASS Members Profiled in: 21 Spine Surgeons Researching Stem Cell Treatments
Hyun Bae, MD, Rick B. Delamarter, MD, Randall Dryer, MD, Richard Fessler, MD, Richard Hynes, MD, Carl Lauryssen, MD, and Kenneth Pettine, MD have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article featuring "21 spine surgeons who are involved in stem cell research for spinal treatment."
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ISASS Member Chan-Shik Shim, MD Featured in: World-renowned Wooridul Spine Centre surgeon performs UAE's first percutaneous endoscopic cervical discectomy
Go Dubai: "World-renowned neuro spinal surgeon and medical director at Wooridul Spine Centre in Dubai, Dr. Chan-Shik Shim, used the surgery to treat 40-year old Naomi Belinda Carr Sutherland, a Dubai resident who had been suffering from severe neck and shoulder pain for a number of years."
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ISASS Member William Tobler, MD Featured in: ASC Leader to Know: Dr. William Tobler of The Christ Hospital Spine Surgery Center
William Tobler, MD, is a neurological surgeon and chairman of the board of managers at The Christ Hospital Spine Surgery Center in Cincinnati. The Christ Hospital Spine Surgery Center is a free-standing facility focused on outpatient spine surgeries and pain management procedures.
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ISASS Member Kaixuan Liu, MD Featured in: Treating Failed Back Surgery Syndrome and Failed Neck Surgery: Renowned Surgeon Dr. Kaixuan Liu Gives Tips on What to Do When an Operation Doesn’t Stop the Pain
SFGate: "Dr. Kaixuan Liu, founder of Atlantic Spine Center in New Jersey, offers tips and suggestions for patients who’ve had a failed back or failed neck surgery."
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ISASS Member Frank Phillips Featured in: Magnifi Group Announces Largest Gathering of Spine Fellows - Ever
Orthopedics This Week: Serving as the course director and leader of the conference faculty is Frank Phillips, M.D., professor and spine fellowship co-director of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, who said, “I believe it’s important for fellows to review key subject areas that will be addressed during this two-day course.”
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IASP and ISASS Member Nick Shamie, MD Featured in: 10 Top Issues for Spine Surgeons After the Supreme Court Upheld Healthcare Reform
IASP and Nick Shamie, MD are featured in this Becker's Spine Review article: "At the end of June, the Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, which aims to reform the healthcare system in America. The Court upheld ACA but struck down the provision of mandatory Medicaid expansion, leaving this decision to the individual states. Here, spine surgeons and industry experts discuss the top10 issues with PPACA for spine surgeons and how the Supreme Court's decision will impact spine surgery in the future."
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3 ISASS Members Featured in: 5 Spine Surgeons on the Individual Mandate's Impact
Dennis Crandall, MD, Isador Lieberman, MD and Paul Slosar, MD are featured in this week's Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article asking: "How will the Supreme Court's upholding the individual mandate impact spine practices?"
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ISASS Member Christopher Chaput Featured in: SpineGuard’s PediGuard® Device Reduces by 30% Spine Surgeons’ Radiation Exposure from Fluoroscopy While Maintaining a 97.5% Accurate Pedicle Screw Placement During Lumbar Spine Fusion
Yahoo! Finance US: SpineGuard announced today that data accepted by Spine on July 4, 2012, and published ahead-of-print online demonstrates that the Company’s PediGuard® device reduces spine surgeons’ radiation exposure from fluoroscopy by 30% while maintaining a 97.5% accurate placement of pedicle screws during lumbar spine fusion.
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ISASS Member Richard Kube, MD Profiled in: ASC Leader to Know: Dr. Richard Kube of Prairie Spine & Pain Institute
Becker's Spine Review: Richard Kube, MD, is the CEO, founder and owner of Prairie Spine & Pain Institute in Peoria, Ill., which focuses on the treatment of spinal disorders, research and education.
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2 ISASS Members Featured in: 5 Spine Surgeons on Hours Worked Per Week
Dennis Crandall, MD and Richard Kube, MD are featured in this week's Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article asking: "How many hours do you spend working per week?"
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ISASS Member Neel Anand, MD Featured in: Innovation in Spinal Trauma Treatment: Q&A With Dr. Neel Anand of Cedars-Sinai Spine Center
Becker's Spine Review: "Neel Anand, MD, director of spine trauma, minimally invasive surgery at Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles, discusses the biggest challenges and advances in spinal trauma treatment, as well as where the field is headed in the future."
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ISASS Member Hyun Bae, MD Featured in: Surgeon uses adult stem cell therapy in spinal fusion clinical trial
The Argonaut: "A former director of education at the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center, Bae is one of the first surgeons to use growth factor tissue engineering for intervertebral discs and multi-level artificial disc replacements for the lumbar and cervical spine."
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ISASS Member Isador Lieberman, MD Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Isador Lieberman of the Texas Back Institute
Becker's Spine Review: Isador Lieberman, MD, a spine surgeon with the Texas Back Institute in Plano, has a professional interest in minimally invasive spine surgery and scoliosis.
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ISASS Member Todd J. Albert, MD Featured in: Rothman Institute continues its growth spurt into the suburbs
Philly.com: "With 105 doctors and 14 locations in the region, the Rothman Institute has doubled in size in the last five years, said company president Todd J. Albert, who is also a spine surgeon and chair of the department of orthopedic surgery at Jefferson Medical College."
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ISASS Members Profiled in: 20 Surgeons Focusing on Spinal Trauma
Neel Anand, MD, Scott L. Blumenthal, MD, Christopher Chaput, MD, Isador Lieberman, MD, Alex Vaccaro, MD and Douglas C. Wong, MD have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article featuring 20 surgeons focusing on spinal trauma.
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June 2012 Edition of The Spine Movement Newsletter Now Available - Coding & Reimbursement Special Edition
The latest issue of The Spine Movement is a Coding & Reimbursement Special Edition: Dr. Morgan Lorio, Chair of the ISASS Coding & Reimbursement Task Force, gives a look at concrete examples of the increasingly difficult environment for spinal procedures. Dr. Choll Kim examines the ever trickier coding landscape as it relates to Minimally Invasive Surgery. Dr. Evan Baird, a resident at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, wants to hear from you about the use of ambulatory spine surgery. Spine Poll.
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2 ISASS Members Featured in: 5 Spine Surgeons on Biggest Challenges in Spinal Surgery Today
Dennis Crandall, MD and Richard Kube, MD are featured in this week's Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article asking: "What is the biggest challenge facing spine surgeons today?"
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ISASS' Dr. Steven Garfin Responds to Supreme Court's Healthcare Ruling
Becker's Spine Review: Steven Garfin, MD, president of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, recently released a statement on the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In the statement, Dr. Garfin says ISASS remains committed to ensuring the PPACA is implemented in ways that guarantee patients' access to "medically indicated and appropriate spine surgeries and procedures."
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ISASS Members Stephen Hochschuler, MD and Nick Shamie, MD Featured in: How the Supreme Court's Decision on Healthcare Reform Impacts Spine Surgery: 5 Surgeons Weigh In
Becker's Spine Review: Last week the Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its individual mandate, which requires all Americans to purchase insurance by 2014. At the same time, the Court struck down the ACA's Medicaid expansion for individual states. The implications of the Supreme Court's ruling vary depending on the perspective of different stakeholders going forward. Here, five spine surgeons offering responses to the ruling and discuss how it will impact the field of spine surgery in the future.
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ISASS Member Larry Khoo, MD Featured in: SpineGuard Reports 20,000 Spine Procedures Performed Using Its Family of PediGuard(R) Devices for Accurate Pedicle Screw Placement
Barron's: "PediGuard helps me cannulate more accurately during pedicle screw placement. And, it dramatically reduces the OR's exposure to image-guiding radiation. This is very important to us because we recently lost a partner to thyroid cancer, which we believe was radiation-induced."
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ISASS Member James Lindley, MD Featured in: MUMC Spine Surgery Program Earns Premium Designation
TheCreativeCoast.org: “Our technology and highly skilled team have made us a leader in spine care. We offer the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques and access to leading-edge clinical trials. This UnitedHealth Premium designation recognizes our efforts to give our patients the high-level care they deserve,” James Lindley, M.D., physician champion for Memorial Spine and a surgeon at the Neurological Institute of Savannah.
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ISASS Members Profiled in: 20 Spine Surgeon Leaders for Non-Profit Hospitals
Todd J. Albert, MD, Wayne K. Cheng, MD, Rick B. Delamarter, MD, Roger Hartl, MD and Kevin J. McGuire, MD, MS have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article highlighting spine surgeon leaders for non-profit hospitals.
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ISASS Member Practices Featured in: 51 Spine Surgery Practices to Know
Becker's Spine Review: Here are 51 independent spine surgery practices to know.
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ISASS President Steven Garfin, MD Featured in: The Most Important Issues Facing Spine Surgeons:
Q&A With ISASS President Dr. Steven Garfin

Becker's Spine Review: The healthcare landscape has changed drastically over the past decade, especially since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act seeking to increase quality while lowering the cost of healthcare in the United States. Here, Steven Garfin, MD, chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery at UC San Diego and president of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, discusses the biggest challenges for spine surgeons and where the field is headed in the future.
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ISASS Response to US Supreme Court Ruling on PPACA
In response to the US Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), ISASS President Steven Garfin, MD has issued the following statement: ISASS remains committed to working on behalf of our US-based spine surgeons to ensure that the PPACA is implemented in ways that ensure our patients' access to medically indicated and appropriate spine surgeries and procedures....
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IASP Response to US Supreme Court Ruling on PPACA
In response to the US Supreme Court's validation of the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), IASP issues the following statement: International Advocates for Spine Patients (IASP) applauds provisions of the Accountable Care Act that increase patient access to primary and specialty care, and efforts to better coordinate care (and thus save money) through Accountable Care Organizations and State Health Exchanges....
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12 ISASS Members Featured in: 20 Spine Surgeon Leaders in Advocacy Efforts
Jean-Jacques Abitbol, MD, Gunnar Andersson, MD, Scott Blumenthal, MD, Chris Bono, MD, Anthony Castellvi, MD, Thomas Errico, MD, Rolando Garcia, MD, Stephen Hochschuler, MD, Choll Kim, MD, Frank Phillips, MD, David Polly, MD and James Yue, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article noting leaders in spine advocacy efforts.
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ISASS & Members Noted in: Texas Back Institute Becomes Official Spine Specialist for FC Dallas and the Frisco RoughRiders
"The Physicians and Staff of Texas Back Institute are proud to announce a new alliance with the players and staff of FC Dallas and the Frisco RoughRiders. Texas Back Institute now provides the official spine specialists for both teams."
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3 ISASS Members Featured in: 7 Spine Surgeons on Implant Reps in the Operating Room
Dennis Crandall, MD, Michael Duffy, MD, and Richard Kube, MD are featured in this week's Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article asking: "On a scale of 1-10, how much do you depend on the device company representative in the operating room?"
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ISASS Member Paul McAfee, MD Featured in: NLT SPINE Reports Positive Clinical Results for PROW FUSION™, Its Lumbar Interbody Fusion Device for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
BioSpace.com: "I have been pleased with the use of this innovative device in surgery and the clinical results thus far,” reported Dr. Paul McAfee, director of the Scoliosis and Spine Center of Maryland and a nationally recognized expert in spine surgery, who has performed procedures using the PROW FUSION at St. Joseph Medical Center in Baltimore. “Thanks to the unique capabilities of PROW FUSION, it is well positioned to change the way MIS interbody fusion surgery is performed.”
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ISASS Member Kaixuan Liu Featured in: Advancements in Treating a Herniated Disc: Renowned Surgeon Kaixuan Liu on Three Minimally Invasive Surgeries for a Herniated Disc
WSFA 12 News: “Most people who have a disc herniation do not need surgery because their symptoms tend to improve over time,” says Dr. Liu. In fact, half will recover within one month, and the majority of others improve within six months. However, 10 percent will need advanced measures: more than 250,000 Americans a year undergo surgery to remove or repair a herniated disc...."
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ISASS Members Featured in: 10 Spine Surgeons on Defining Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Neel Anand, MD, Dennis Crandall, MD, Richard Kube, MD and Nick Shamie, MD are featured in this week's Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article asking: "How do you define 'minimally invasive' spine surgery?"
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ISASS Members Kern Singh, MD and Frank Phillips, MD Featured in: Minimally Invasive TLIF Saves $6k vs. Open Surgery
Becker's Spine Review: Minimally invasive approaches to transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion are nearly $6,000 less expensive than open surgery approaches, according to findings from an analysis at Rush University Medical Center...
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ISASS Member Rick Delamarter, MD Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Rick Delamarter of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Becker's Spine Review: Rick B. Delamarter, MD, is the vice chair for spine services and co-medical director of the Spine Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
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ISASS Member Kenneth Pettine, MD Featured in: 5 Trends in Orthopedic and Spine Devices and Implants
Becker's Spine Review: In a session titled "New Developments in Orthopedic and Spine Devices and Implants" at the 10th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference in Chicago, Chris Zorn, vice president of sales at Spine Surgical Innovation, and Kenneth A. Pettine, MD, founder of the Spine Institute and Loveland Surgery Center, discussed trends and developments in orthopedic and spine implants.
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ISASS Member Scott Blumenthal, MD Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Scott Blumenthal of the Texas Back Institute
Becker's Spine Review: Scott Blumenthal, MD, is a spine surgeon and partner at the Texas Back Institute in Plano. He co-directs the Center for Disc Replacement at TBI. He specializes in artificial disk replacement and was one of the first surgeons to perform lumbar disc replacement in the United States.
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ISASS Member Richard Kube, MD Featured in: Critical Business and Clinical Issues With Moving Spine Procedures to ASCs
Becker's Spine Review: In a session at the 10th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference in Chicago on June 14, Richard Kube, MD, a spine surgeon and founder of Prairie Spine & Pain Institute; Devin Datta, MD, a spine surgeon with the Crane Creek Surgery Center; and Michael Rimlawi, MD, a spine surgeon with the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute in Dallas, discussed issues related to moving spine procedures to ambulatory surgery centers.
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ISASS Member Kenneth Pettine, MD Featured in: Key Challenges, Opportunities for Growth in Spine Surgery
Becker's Spine Review: At the 10th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference in Chicago on June 15, Kenneth Pettine, MD, a spine surgeon at the Loveland (Colo.) Surgery Center; Larry Teuber, MD, a spine surgeon and president of Medical Facilities in Rapid City, S.D.; and Timothy T. Davis, MD, DABNM, DABPMR, DABPM, a spine surgeon and director of interventional pain and electrodiagnostics at The Spine Institute in Los Angeles, discussed trends in spine surgery and ideas for improving profitability and outcomes of spine programs.
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ISASS Member Charles Gordon, MD Featured in: 4 Strategies for Clinical, Financial Success From Texas Spine & Joint Hospital
Becker's Spine Review: At the 10th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference in Chicago on June 14, Charles Gordon, MD, a partner at Texas Spine & Joint Hospital in Tyler and owner of Gordon Spine & Brain Associates, discussed strategies to achieve clinical and financial success at a spine facility.
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ISASS Member Kenneth Pettine, MD Featured in: Dr. Kenneth Pettine: 4 Points on Performing Spine Surgery in ASCs
Becker's Spine Review: At the 10th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference in Chicago on June 15, Founder of The Spine Institute and Loveland (Colo.) Surgery Center Kenneth A. Pettine, MD, gave a presentation titled "Everything You Need to Know to Successfully Perform Spine Surgery in an ASC." In his presentation, Dr. Pettine touched on several factors that will make it easier to bring spine procedures into an ambulatory surgery center in the future.
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ISASS Member John Peloza, MD Featured in: 6 Key Concepts for Starting Spine Surgery in ASCs
Becker's Spine Review: At the 10th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain-Management-Driven ASC Conference in Chicago on June 15, John Peloza, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon specializing in spine care at the Center for Spine Care in Frisco, Texas, presented six key concepts for successfully introducing spine surgery to an ambulatory surgery center.
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ISASS Member Richard Hynes, MD Noted in: 7 Key Components of Successful Spine Outpatient Surgery Centers
Becker's Spine Review: At the 10th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference in Chicago on June 15, Devin Datta, MD, of Crane Creek Surgery Center gave a presentation titled “Complex Revision Spine Surgery and ALIFs, TLIFs, DLIFs in ASCs — Lessons Learned, Mistakes to Avoid, Tips to Consider.
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ISASS Member Ashraf Darwish, MD Featured in: OAK's Dr. Darwish Offers New Approach to Spine Surgery
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Ashraf H. Darwish, M.D., an orthopedic spine surgeon with OAK Orthopedics is performing a minimally disruptive surgical technique to provide relief to those suffering from back or leg pain.
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ISASS Members Featured in: 7 Spine Surgeons on Shaping Spine & Healthcare Policy
Dennis Crandall, MD, Richard Kube, MD, Isador Lieberman, MD and Nick Shamie, MD are featured in this week's Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article asking: "How can spine surgeons become more involved in shaping healthcare and spine care policy in the United States?"
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ISASS Members Noted in: 12 Spine Surgeons Recognized for Outstanding Achievements
Gunnar Andersson, MD, Bruce V. Darden, II, MD, Steven Garfin, MD, K. Daniel Riew, MD and Warren D. Yu, MD have been noted in this Becker's Spine Review article featuring 12 spine surgeons recently recognized or rewarded for achievements in their field.
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ISASS Member Peter Halverson, MD and IJSS Noted in: Engineers Conceive Disc Replacement to Treat Chronic Low Back Pain
Science Daily: "To mimic the response of the spine is very difficult because of the constrained space and the sophistication of the spine and its parts," Howell said. "A compliant mechanism is more human-like, more natural, and the one we've created behaves like a healthy disc."
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ISASS Member Christopher Bono, MD Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Christopher Bono of Brigham and Women's Hospital
Becker's Spine Review: "It's going to be a constant battle for the next five to 10 years," says Dr. Bono. "I think there are some procedures and products that will go away, and they probably should. Other products, such as bone morphogenic proteins, will be used in a much more reserved fashion for fewer cases. However, if the surgeon feels it should be used, they will need to fight for it regardless of the initial coverage decision."
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ISASS Members Profiled in: 20 Spine Surgeon Leaders of Spinal Oncology Programs
Christopher Ames, MD, Jacob Buchowski, MD, Isador Lieberman, MD have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article featuring 20 spine surgeons who are leading spinal oncology programs.
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IASP Launch Noted in: ISASS Launches Spine Patient Advocacy Organization and Website
Becker's Spine Review: The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery has launched a patient advocacy website. ISASS launched the website for its new organization, International Advocates for Spine Patients, which is accessible at SpinePatientAdvocacy.org. The website includes spine patient advocacy updates and resources.
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ISASS Advocacy Efforts Noted in: New York Spine Surgeons Back Bill Supporting Out-of-Network Services
Becker's Spine Review: Spine surgeons in New York along with the New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Medical Society of the State of New York are urging support for a new bill that would have an impact on out-of-network medical services, according to an update from the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgeons.
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ISASS Member Donald Johnson II, MD Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Don Johnson of Southeastern Spine Institute
Becker's Spine Review: Don Johnson II, MD, is a spine surgeon at the Southeastern Spine Institute in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Dr. Don Johnson established the outpatient surgery center to bring under one roof a number of tools and procedures, including MRI, EMG, digital X-Ray, fluoroscopy, spine blocks, nerve conduction studies...
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Advocacy Alert: New York Spine Surgeons - Action Required
Legislation is pending in NY that will require out-of-network reimbursement rates to be tied to properly established UCR rate calculations (as opposed to inadequate bench-marking information). The New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons (NYSSOS), together with the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY), is seeking advocacy input from all NY-based spine surgeons and related health care professionals, scientists and researchers.
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ISASS Member Joshua Auerbach, MD Featured in: Coflex interlaminar implant study shows equivalent or superior results to posterior spinal fusion
Spinal News International: A study presented as part of the Eurospine section of Spineweek (28 May–1 June, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) indicates that the Coflex interlaminar implant (Paradigm Spine) is associated with equivalent or superior effects to laminectomy and posterior spinal fusion for the management of spondylolisthesis.
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ISASS Members Featured in: 4 Spine Surgeons on Top Benchmarks for Spine Practices
Dennis Crandall, MD and Nick Shamie, MD have been featured in this week's Becker's Spine Review "Ask Spine Surgeons" in which spine surgeons discuss the top benchmarks they follow in their practices.
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ISASS Board Member Gunnar Andersson, MD Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Gunnar Andersson of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush
Becker's Spine Review: "When I trained, we didn't have CT scans, we ddin't have MRI scans — we didn't have a lot of the technical products we have today that allow us to replace joints, difficult fractures and spine problems," Dr. Andersson said in a video. "There's been a tremendous evolution and it's been fun to be a part of the evolution. It has been very gratifying because we can now help so many more patients than we used to be able to help."
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ISASS Advocacy Efforts Featured in: ISASS: 4 Concerns With BCBS of Illinois Lumbar Fusion Draft Policy
"President of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery Steven Garfin, MD, discussed four areas of concern over the BCBS of Illinois draft policy on lumbar spinal fusions in a letter to the Medical Director of Medical Policy and Adjustment for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Will Harms, MD."
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ISASS Member Richard Hynes, MD Noted in: 10 Leaders in the ASC Industry
Becker's Spine Review has profiled Richard Hynes, MD in this article featuring 10 profiles of notable leaders in the ambulatory surgery center industry.
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ISASS Member Ruchard Kube, MD Noted in: 6 Points for Spine & Pain Groups on Recruiting a Health Coach
Becker's Spine Review: "Dr. Richard Kube — an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon — has made this commitment to patient care as he truly believes in providing an 'integrated care' environment for his patients."
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ISASS Member Anders Cohen, MD Featured in: Sheryl Crow says she has brain tumor
Chicago Sun-Times: “Approximately 15 percent of adult brain tumors are benign, and we don’t know what causes them,” said Anders Cohen, chief of neurosurgery and spine surgery at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, Cohen said that generally a tumor that affects memory would be located in the left frontal lobe of the brain."
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11 ISASS Members Featured in: 31 Spine Surgeons Performing Lateral Access Spine Surgery
Neel Anand, MD, Frank Cammisa Jr., MD, Guy R. Fogel, MD, Adam S. Kanter, MD, Craig Meyer, MD, Frank Phillips, MD, Saqib Siddiqui, MD, William D. Smith, MD, Jonathan Stieber, MD, Antoine Tohmeh, MD, David Vincent, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "31 spine surgeons who perform lateral access minimally invasive spine surgery."
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Advocacy Alert Update: Official ISASS Response to HCSC Draft Policy
ISASS President Steven Garfin, MD, submitted the official ISASS response to HCSC, the parent corporation for Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, and the new draft policy for Lumbar Spinal Fusions. "With the promulgation of this policy, those patients may now lose the opportunity of a clinically meaningful improvement. Given that all patients are different, sweeping policy statements will exclude properly selected patients from receiving appropriate clinical care."
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May 2012 Edition of The Spine Movement Newsletter Now Available - Special Advocacy Edition
The latest issue of The Spine Movement is a Special Advocacy Edition: David Porter, ISASS Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, provides an overview of ISASS Advocacy in "The Big Picture: ISASS Advocacy Efforts"; Gunnar Andersson, MD, PhD on state-level advocacy and the need for spine surgeons to unite under ISASS in "Stepping Up, State by State"; announcing ISASS new advocacy organization IASP; a Spine Movement poll on the direction of ISASS Advocacy efforts; and Choll Kim, MD, PhD providing a breakdown of some of the most exciting presentations in MIS at ISASS12.
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ISASS Member Barbara Cataletto, MBA, CPC and Task Force in: 6 Months Later – How Are You & the New Spine Codes Doing?
Becker's Spine Review: "This article is written by Barbara Cataletto, MBA, CPC, Chief Executive Officer, Business Dynamics Limited. So now we are months into the new CPT code changes for spine for 2012. If you were able to get this far without losing your mind or quitting your job, then you must be a real trooper!"
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ISASS Member Dennis Crandall, MD Featured in: Innovation in Spine Technology Post Healthcare Reform: Q&A With Dr. Dennis Crandall
Becker's Spine Review: Dennis Crandall, MD, founder and CEO of Sonoran Spine Center in Phoenix, discusses where spine technology is headed and how healthcare reform could shape the market in the future.
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ISASS Past President Thomas Errico, MD Featured in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Thomas Errico of New York University Langone Medical Center
Becker's Spine Review: "Many breakthrough technologies are in the pipeline these days, and at the same time the government is getting involved in healthcare like never before. We [in] the spine community need to proactively get research out there showing the benefits and value of our best available treatments."
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ISASS Members Featured in: 5 Spine Surgeons on Common Misconceptions From Patients
ISASS members Dennis Crandall, MD and Nick Shamie, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review "Ask Spine Surgeons" article covering spine surgeons discussing the most common misconceptions patients have when coming into their office.
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ISASS Past President Jean-Charles LeHuec Featured in: Newly formed Safe Orthopaedics to revolutionize the cost effectiveness, safety, traceability and efficiency of orthopaedic and spinal implant systems
Healthcare Packaging: “What strikes me most about the system is the simple efficiency of the technology,” says Le Huec. “The instrument sets are comprehensive and recyclable. Everything is new, in perfect condition and calibration, and ready to go at a moment’s notice. This is clearly a major step forward in making these systems easier, safer and more cost effective.”
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ISASS Advocacy Efforts Featured in: ISASS President Dr. Steven Garfin Responds to Lumbar Fusion Draft Policy
Becker's Spine Review: "In his response letter, Dr. Garfin mentions six randomized controlled trials comparing fusion surgery and nonsurgical therapy as well as 15 publications that include randomized trials for fusion surgery compared to a different fusion technique or lumbar arthroplasty."
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ISASS Member Howard An, MD Featured in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Howard An of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush
Becker's Spine Review: "My philosophy of patient care is first of all to treat every patient with respect," Dr. An says. "This means listening to their medical history very carefully and coming up with treatment recommendations that have the best possible outcomes."
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ISASS Member Ashraf Darwish, MD Featured in: Spine Surgeon Dr. Ashraf Darwish Joins Silver Cross Hospital in Illinois
Becker's Spine Review: "Ashraf Darwish, MD, a recently trained spine surgeon, has joined Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, Ill., according to a Chicago Sun-Times report."
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ISASS Advocacy Alert Update: ISASS President Steven Garfin, MD Rebuts HCSC/BCBSIL Draft Policy Changes for Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery
ISASS President Steven Garfin rebuts the HCSC/BCBSIL draft policy changes noted in last week's advocacy alert. "While many patients with degenerative disc disease or facet syndrome will not have that diagnosis as their sole indication, there are patients with chronic low back pain who have not responded to appropriate non-operative treatment and who will benefit from a surgical procedure. Those patients may now lose the opportunity of a clinically meaningful improvement."
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ISASS Launches Spine Surgeon Employment Opportunities Resource in Partnership with SpineSearch
ISASS and SpineSearch have partnered to provide the spine surgeon community with premier employment opportunities. Our new Spine Surgeon Employment Opportunities resource has been developed to offer ISASS members the most current information regarding select job opportunities throughout the United States. This resource will be expanded in the future to include the most current information regarding market trends, challenges and opportunities in the field of spine.
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ISASS Advocacy Efforts Featured in: New Policy Would Cut Some Spine Surgery Funding
Orthopedics This Week highlights ISASS Advocacy in this article featuring ISASS President Steven Garfin, MD, ISASS Board Member Gunnar Andersson, MD, PhD and ISASS Industry Relations Committee Chair Frank Phillips, MD. "ISASS President Steven Garfin, M.D., provided OTW with a statement that BCBSI was basically cherry picking evidence that supports their view and ignores evidence that recommends that fusion surgery be considered..."
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ISASS Advocacy Efforts Featured in: Spinal Fusions Under Attack: BCBS of Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Texas Issues New Draft Policy
Becker's Spine Review: The Health Care Service Corporation, the parent corporation for the Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans for Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas issued a new draft policy for lumbar spinal fusions.... The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery is currently conducting a review of the policy and will issue comments to HCSC before its deadline of May 31.
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ISASS Member Thomas Errico, MD Featured in: Do mental health problems prevent improvement after spinal surgery?
Spinal News International: “Spinal surgeons often muse that we have ‘excellent hindsight’ in knowing who will benefit from spinal surgery. This study is important for potentially identifying and advising patients who may not reap as much benefit from spinal surgery as the literature might oth- erwise suggest. More importantly, identi- fying and treating these patients’ psycho- logical comorbidities preoperatively may improve their change of success.”
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ISASS Member Ronald Lehman and ISASS12 Presenter Daniel Kang Featured in: Pedicle screw constructs may enable an earlier return to sports
Spinal News International: "At ISASS12, Daniel Kang (Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, USA) presented the results of a study that found modern posterior instrumentation for corrective spinal surgery for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) may allow patients to return to non- contact and contact sports six months after surgery."
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ISASS Member Ali Araghi, MD Featured in: New technique safely allows lateral interbody fusion without the need for repositioning
Spinal News International: "According to a study presented at ISASS12, by Ali Araghi, The Core Institute, Phoenix, USA, the Guyer lumbar interbody fusion (GLIF) procedure offers the unique advantage of allowing surgeons to perform interbody fusion with the patient in the prone position without the need for a repositioning “flip”."
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ISASS Member Michael Mayer, MD, PhD Featured in: Cervical total disc replacement: What do we know?
Spinal News International: "A series of randomised controlled trials, as well as large case series, have provided evidence that CTDR is a safe procedure that has lower re-operation rates than ACDF and comparable complication rates."
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ISASS Member Morgan Lorio, MD Featured in: New vertebral fracture augmentation system shows promise in initial studies
Spinal News International: "Two studies presented at ISASS12 indicate that an expandable titanium mesh implant (OsseoFix, Alphatec Spine) may help to provide pain relief in patients with vertebral compression fractures."
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ISASS Member Richard Kaul, MD Featured in: Improving lives through spinal surgery: The Spine Africa Project
Spinal News International: "I was given the opportunity to tour a local clinic and what I saw on that trip was life altering. There were so many men, women, and children who were in great need of care, but there were no modalities to treat them. They were dying. This was the genesis of The Spine Africa Project."
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ISASS Member Scott Hodges, DO Featured in: New High-Tech Spine Surgery Technique Gives Greater Safety and Less Pain
Yahoo! Finance US: "The revolutionary new MicroNav surgical technique, performed by Dr. Scott Hodges, gives greater safety, less pain, minimal cuts and faster recovery from spine surgery using high-tech 3D scanners and GPS-like instruments. These bold claims are backed by more than 600 surgeries with zero infections and zero revisions..."
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ISASS Member Saqib Siddiqui, MD Featured in: Houston Spine Doctor Appears On A Popular TV Show About Medical Professionals In Houston
I-Newswire.com: "Dr. Saqib Siddiqui has appeared on Top Docs in Houston - a reality show where he talked about a delicate procedure of minimal invasive spine surgery in Houston."
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ISASS Member Kaixuan Liu Featured in: The Newest Approach for Treating Back Pain. Leading Surgeon Dr. Kaixuan Liu on Advances in Endoscopic Discectomy Procedures
"When surgery is indicated, many patients can benefit from the newest treatment, 'endoscopic discectomy,' a minimally invasive procedure that removes the damaged disc material that is causing pain and provides long-lasting relief."
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ISASS Member Dennis Crandall, MD Featured in: How Often Should Spine Surgeons Renegotiate Vendor Contracts?
Dennis Crandall, MD is featured in this Becker's Spine Review "Ask Spine Surgeons" article featuring four spine surgeons discussing renegotiation of vendor contracts.
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ISASS Member Paul Slosar, MD Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Paul Slosar of SpineCare Medical Group
Becker's Spine Review has profiled Dr. Paul Slosar: "Paul Slosar, MD, is a spine surgeon and president of SpineCare Medical Group at the San Francisco Spine Institute."
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Nine ISASS Members Featured in: 15 Spine Surgeon Leaders on Device Company Boards
Frank Cammisa, MD, Andrew Cappuccino, MD, Kingsley R. Chin, MD, Jeffrey Fischgrund, MD, Steven Garfin, MD, Stephen H. Hochschuler, MD, John P. Kostuik, MD, Carl Lauryssen, MD and Isador Lieberman, MD are profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article.
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ISASS Member Neel Anand, MD Featured in: Study: Minimally Invasive Deformity Correction a ‘Promising Method’
Becker's Spine Review: Neel Anand, MD, and Eli M. Baron, MD, both spine surgeons at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles recently published a study in the European Spine Journal on their findings regarding minimally invasive spine deformity correction.
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Advocacy Alert: HCSC Drafts New Policy for Lumbar Spinal Fusions
Earlier this week, HCSC, the parent corporation for Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, issued a new draft policy for Lumbar Spinal Fusions. Concerns have been raised that this new policy rules out access to lumbar fusion for patients where the sole indication is a disc herniation or neurostructure compression (initial discectomy / laminectomy), and patients with a sole indication of degenerative disc disease or facet syndrome. ISASS is preparing a response to HCSC and recommends that spine surgeons in those states review the draft policy and respond at the local level before the May 31, 2012 deadline.
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ISASS Member Saqib Siddiqui, MD Profiled in: Award Winning Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon Dr. Saqib Siddiqui Joins Orthopaedic and Spine Institute Medical Centers
My San Antonio: "The Orthopaedic and Spine Institute Medical Centers welcomes Dr. Saqib Siddiqui to its Minimally Invasive Center of Excellence. Dr. Siddiqui is well known for his minimally invasive procedures and is a great addition to the Center for the treatment of accidents, injuries, and disease for patients from around Texas and the Nation."
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ISASS Member Dennis Crandall, MD Featured in: What Are the Biggest Inefficiencies for Spine Practices?
Becker's Spine Review: "Working with managed care payors to get appropriate and timely reimbursed for what we do. The hours we spend collecting from insurers seems to be increasing as the reimbursements are decreasing."
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ISASS Member Choll Kim, MD Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Choll Kim of San Diego Spine Institute
Becker's Spine Review has profiled Dr. Choll Kim: "Choll Kim, MD, is a spine surgeon at the San Diego Spine Institute and an expert in computer-assisted minimally invasive spine surgery. He has trained specialists nationwide to use image guidance and navigation technologies."
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ISASS Member Jutty Parthiban, MD, Mch Featured in: Study on spinal cord injury victims confirms bone marrow stem cells more in men than women
PharmaBiz.com: "According to Dr J K B C Parthiban, president, Neuro Spine Surgeons Association of India and a co-author in the publication, the bone marrow stem cells offer a great hope to spinal injury victims and we have to thoroughly do research on them to bring out their best potential for treating patients. "
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ISASS Members Profiled in: 15 Spine Surgeon Leaders for Professional Journals
Howard S. An, MD, Jeffrey S. Fischgrund, MD, Kern Singh, MD, and Hansen Yuan, MD are profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article featuring 15 spine surgeons who are in leadership positions of orthopedic and spine professional and peer-review journals.
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ISASS Members Publish Pocket Atlas of Spine Surgery
ISASS members Kern Singh, MD of the Rush University Medical Center and Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD of the Rothman Institute have recently published the “Pocket Atlas of Spine Surgery.”
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ISASS Member Todd Albert, MD Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Todd Albert of Rothman Institute
Becker's Spine Review has profiled Dr. Todd Albert: "Todd Albert, MD, is the president of Rothman Institute and chair of the department of orthopedic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia."
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ISASS12 Video Presentations and Abstracts Now Available
ISASS is pleased to announce that our complete, extensive coverage of ISASS12 is now available. Our coverage includes video presentations of scientific papers, Instructional Course Symposia, full abstracts, event photo galleries and more! The complete ISASS12 content may be accessed at:
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ISASS Member Dennis Crandall, MD Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Dennis Crandall of Sonoran Spine Center
Dennis Crandall, MD, is founder and medical director of Sonoran Spine Center in Phoenix. Shortly after opening a spine center, Dr. Crandall founded the Sonoran Spine Research and Education Foundation in 2000, a non-profit that funds scholarships for students with spinal deformities, spinal research...
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ISASS Member Warren Yu, MD Named President of the Federation of Spine Associations
Becker's Spine Review: The Federation of Spine Associations has named Warren D. Yu, MD, president, according to an AAOS Now report. Dr. Yu is the chief of the spine section in the department of orthopedic surgery and associate professor of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery at The George Washington University School of Medicine...
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ISASS Members Featured in: 8 Spine Surgeons on the Future of Spinal Fusions
Hyun Bae, MD and Dennis Crandall, MD are featured in this Becker's Spine Review "Ask Spine Surgeons" artiicle featuring eight spine surgeons discussing the future of spinal fusions.
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8 ISASS Members Featured in: 15 Spine Surgeons Recognized for Research
Joshua Auerbach, MD, John A. Bendo, MD, Rick Delamarter, MD, Jeffrey A. Goldstein, MD, Joseph Marzluff, MD, Kevin J. McGuire, MD, Pierce Nunley, MD and S. Tim Yoon, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article. Congratulations to all for being recognized for their contribitions to spine surgery research!
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ISASS Member Richard Fessler, MD, PhD Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Richard Fessler of Northwestern University
Richard Fessler, MD, PhD, is a professor of neurosurgery at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a neurosurgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
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ISASS Member Daniel Riew, MD Featured in: 25 Key Concepts for Young Orthopedic & Spine Surgeons to Build a Successful Practice
Dr. Daniel Riew in Becker's Spine Review: "Think of each patient you see as the tip of a new triangle of patients you will see," says Dr. Riew. "If you make that person happy, they will, on average recommend you to two to three people, who will recommend you to two to three more people. On the other hand, if that patient doesn't like you, they will tell six to seven people about it and you have lost an entire group of patients."
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ISASS Member Paul Slosar, MD and Texas Back Institute Featured in: What Percentage of Your Spine Practice is Medicare Patients? 8 Responses
Dr. Paul Slosar and the Texas Back Institute are featured in this week's Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article.
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Three ISASS Members Featured in: 10 Spine Surgeons on Factors of Spinal Fusion's 137% Jump in 10 Years
ISASS members Hyun Bae, MD, Dennis Crandall, MD, Neel Anand, MD are featured in this Becker's Spine Review article covering: "The drastic increase in spinal fusions performed by surgeons in the United States has been attributed to several factors, including economic incentives for providers and relationships with device companies."
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ISASS Member John Peloza, MD Featured in: Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery in Dallas Only ASC to Purchase O-Arm for Spinal Surgery
Dr. Peloza in Becker's Spine Review: "What [the O-Arm] can do is give us a representation of the anatomy in multiple dimensions in real-time in the operating room," [...] "We get the most important view, the actual view of the spine which is a cross-section of the spine."
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ISASS Member Frank Coufal, MD Featured in: New Case Study Reviews Fracture Reduction and Stabilization of a L1 Burst Fracture Using Combined Anterior and Posterior Approach
"Frank J. Coufal, MD, FACS, founder of La Jolla Neurosurgical Associates, presents a case in which, a trauma patient suffered an acute burst fracture of the thoracolumbar spine and required acute operative stabilization to avoid a progressive deformity and neurological deterioration." Via OrthoSpineNews.
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ISASS Member Hyun Bae, MD Featured in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Hyun Bae of Cedars-Sinai Spine Centers
Becker's Spine Review: "My focus has been working to bring basic science research into the clinic," says Dr. Bae. "As a clinician researcher, I want to bring my research to the patients as soon as possible."
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ISASS Member Jack Zigler, MD Featured in: Spine Arthroplasty innovation continues apace
Dr. Zigler at MedtronicEUreka.com: “I believe that biologic interventions will revolutionise how we treat our patients,” he says, “We will have diagnostic tools to help differentiate between naturally degenerated discs and painful, functionally disabling discs.” He notes that better diagnostic tools may assist in removing insurance company barriers to ADR use.
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ISASS Members Todd Albert, MD and Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD Featured in: Rothman Institute at Jefferson Spine Surgeons Recognized Among the Best in the Country
NewsWise - 05/01/12 14:45
“We are thrilled to be recognized in this way,” says Dr. Albert. “We respect our peers and are humbled to be counted among the very best in America. This speaks to our growing national prominence and is a great achievement for our surgeons, our spine practice, and our Rothman at Jefferson family.”
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ISASS Member Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD Featured in: Unraveling the Mystery of the Torn Disc: Dr. Kaixuan Liu on Newest Treatment Options and Operations
Yahoo! News - 04/30/12 12:17
“Virtually everyone will develop disc tears at one time or another, simply because we all age,” says Dr. Liu. A disc can be damaged though a violent injury, he explains, but most disc tears are the result of the normal aging process combined with the tiny traumas of everyday life; lifting, twisting, and other movements. Genetics and lifestyle also seem to play a role.
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ISASS Members Discuss: 7 Ways for Spine Surgeons to Stay Ahead in Competitive Markets
Dennis Crandall, MD, Stephen Hochschuler, MD and Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD are featured in this Becker's Spine Review article discussing seven ways spine surgeons can succeed in competitive markets.
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ISASS President Steven Garfin in: UC San Diego Orthopedic Surgeon Named New President of International Society
“Much of the research done on spine related problems is performed in collaboration with surgeons and will progress better with a like-minded specialty group where questions can be openly discussed,” said Garfin. “We need to continue to focus on the advances in the field that bring real clinical benefits to patients.” Via UC San Diego Health System.
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ISASS Member Anthony Yeung, MD, Featured in: Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corporation: 40 Years of Innovation
Yahoo! Finance US: "The Richard Wolf Endoscopic Spine system is the most versatile and advanced system in the world because the engineering team incorporated designs from the undisputed leaders of endoscopic surgery in the U.S. and Europe," says Dr. Anthony Yeung, internationally renowned spine surgeon. "The system features the most advanced inside-out transforaminal endoscopes and complementary instrumentation, making it the least invasive system available."
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Minimally-invasive spinal surgery helps Motocross rider return to racing
The Medical News: [...] Demetrius met with Dr. Richard Kaul at New Jersey Spine and Rehabilitation. "The first thing I told Dr. Kaul was that my goal was being able to ride again, and that was all I was concerned about," says Demetrius. [...] Foregoing the traditional "open" approach to an SI fusion, Dr. Kaul informed Demetrius that his surgery could be carried out using a minimally-invasive approach and Demetrius would return home from surgery the same day....
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ISASS Member Frank Phillips, MD in: The Making of a Minimally Invasive Spine Institute: Q&A With Dr. Frank Phillips of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush
Becker's Spine Review interviews Frank Phillips, MD, "director of the section of minimally invasive spine surgery at Rush University Medical Center and a founding member of the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute at Rush, discusses the institute and where the future is headed for minimally invasive spine procedures."
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ISASS Members Featured in: Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Minimally Invasive Spine Institute Opens Today
Frank Phillips, MD and Kern Singh, MD are featured in this announcment: "Dr. Phillips, a pioneer in minimally invasive spine surgery, is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center and is listed as one of the top spine surgeons in the country by Orthopedics This Week. Dr. Singh is world renowned for his contributions in the area of minimally invasive spine surgery."
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ISASS Members Featured in: 20 Orthopedic Surgeon Honors & Accomplishments
Gunnar Andersson, MD and Jeffrey Fischgrund, MD are noted in this Becker's Spine Review article that reviews "20 orthopedic surgeons who were honored or achieved milestones during the first part of 2012."
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ISASS Advocacy Efforts Noted in: CMS Considers Allowing Cervical Disc Arthroplasty in Outpatient Setting
Becker's Spine Review: "The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services division of outpatient care is considering the removal of cervical disc arthroplasty from the Medicare "inpatient only" list, a move which the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery supports."
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April 2012 Edition of The Spine Movement Newsletter Now Available
The latest issue of The Spine Movement includes: New Articles from The International Journal of Spine Surgery, A Word from SAS-TURK, Reader Poll: Presidential Guest Speakers, In Case You Missed It: Advocacy Alert.
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ISASS Member Alexander Vaccarro, MD, PhD Featured in: 5 Points on Benefits & Challenges of Spine and Neurosurgeon Partnerships
Becker's Spine Review: "The neurosurgeons have talent that goes beyond the expertise of an orthopedic spine surgeon," says Dr. Vaccaro. "Having the neurosurgeon available enhances the entire surgical experience."
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ISASS Member Richard Kaul, MD Featured in: New Jersey Spine Surgeon Making A True Difference in Eastern Congo
"....While in Congo, Dr. Kaul was given the opportunity to tour the local clinics where he noticed that many patients within the clinic were suffering from life threatening spine injuries. When he inquired to the local doctors as to how these young men and women were being treated the answer he was given was staggering. They were not treated at all." via NewsWise.
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ISASS Members Featured in: 20 Spine & Neurosurgeon Leaders at Large Academic Medical Centers
Howard S. An, MD, Vikas Patel, MD, Barton L. Sachs, MD and David Polly, MD, have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article featuring 20 spine surgeons and neurosurgeons who are leaders at large academic medical centers.
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ISASS Member Richard Kaul, MD Featured in: New Jersey Spine and Rehabilitation Surgical Center of Pompton Lakes achieves AAAHC accreditation
NorthJersey.com: "Aside from our overwhelmingly positive clinical outcomes, another source of pride for us is the fact that we maintain stringent standards for sterility throughout our facility," said Dr. Kaul. "Too often patients suffer unnecessary complications and undergo additional procedures to rectify damage caused by nosocomial infections."
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Fourteen ISASS Members Named "Top Spine Surgeons" in: The 28 Top Spine Surgeons in America
Todd Albert, MD, Howard An, MD, Christopher Bono, MD, Steven Garfin, MD, Serena Hu, MD, Joon Yung Lee, MD, Robert McGuire, MD, Daniel B. Murrey, MD, Pierce Nunley, MD, Frank Phillips, MD, Dan Riew, MD, Rick Sasso, MD, Alexander Vaccaro, MD and Jeffrey Wang, MD have been named "top spine surgeons" in this Orthopedics This Week article.
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Advocacy Alert: ISASS Responds to CMS Division of Outpatient Care Regarding the Removal of Cervical Disc Arthroplasty from the Medicare "Inpatient Only" List
ISASS President Steven Garfin, MD, has written a response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Division of Outpatient care regarding the agency considering the removal of cervical disc arthroplasty from the Medicare "Inpatient Only" list. "ISASS supports Medicare policies that will help spine surgeons deliver better and novel treatments to our patient population.  Our experiences have shown us that cervical disc arthroplasty in selected patients can be safely performed in the outpatient setting, just as cervical fusion is now being conducted."
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ISASS Member Richard Guyer Featured in: Spine Leader to Know: Dr. Richard Guyer of Texas Back Institute
Becker's Spine Review: "Richard D. Guyer, MD, is a spinal surgeon is a founding partner of Texas Back Institute in Plano , which opened in 1982. Dr. Guyer is founder and chairman of the Texas Back Institute Research Foundation, a nonprofit that does clinical studies on discographies, MRIs, minimally invasive procedures..."
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ISASS Member Richard Kube, MD Featured in: 8 Steps for Opening a Spine ASC on a Tight Schedule
Dr. Kube "formed Prairie Spine & Pain Institute in Peoria, Ill., three years ago with the goal of becoming a comprehensive integrated care spine center. This month, he got one step closer to his goal by opening an ambulatory surgical treatment facility, fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care." Becker's ASC Review.
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ISASS Members Featured in: 6 Spine Surgeons on How Young Surgeons Can Position Themselves for Success
Richard Guyer, MD and Paul Slosar, MD are featured in this Becker's Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article that discusses how surgeons just coming out of fellowships can build a successful and fruitful spine practice.
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ISASS Members Featured in: 15 Spine Surgeons Using Robotic Technology
William Beutler, MD, Isador Lieberman, MD, MBA, FRCSC and William Welch, MD have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article profiling 15 spine surgeons who are using robotic technology in their practice.
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ISASS President Steven Garfin, MD Featured in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Steven Garfin of UC San Diego
Becker's Spine Review has profiled ISASS President Steven Garfin, MD, "an orthopedic spine surgeon with a special interest in adult spine. He is currently the chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery at UC San Diego..."
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ISASS Member Cheryl Zapata Featured in: Spine Specialists in the Sports World: 4 Things to Know
Cheryl Zapata, Chief Development Officer of the Texas Back Institute in Plano, Texas, explains how her center became a specialty institute for several professional teams in the area in this Becker's Spine Review article.
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ISASS Members Featured in: 5 Points on Incorporating Nonsurgical Treatment Into Spine Care
Alexander Vaccaro MD, PhD, Todd Albert, MD have been noted as editors for the new book Defining the Value of Spine Care in this Becker's Spine Review article.
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ISASS Past President Stephen Hochschuler, MD Featured in: 4 Tips for the Entrepreneurial Business-Minded Spine Surgeon
ISASS Past President Stephen Hochschuler, MD, discusses "four tips for physicians with entrepreneurial spirit to open their own spine practices and operate them profitably" in this Becker's Spine Review article. ISASS members Ralph Rashbaum, MD and Richard Guyer, MD are also noted in the article.
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ISASS Members Featured in: 20 Spine Surgeon Directors of Fellowship Programs
Howard An, MD, Richard D. Guyer, MD, Steven Ludwig, MD and James J. Yue, MD have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article listing "20 spine surgeons directing fellowship programs around the country."
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ISASS Member Paul Slosar, MD Featured in: 7 Spine Surgeons & Industry Experts on Forming Positive Relationships With Hospitals
Paul Slosar, MD has been featured in this Becker's Spine Review "Ask Spine Surgeons" weekly in which spine surgeons and industry experts discuss the best ways to form a positive relationship with local hospitals.
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ISASS Members Featured in: Neuro Spinal Hospital to host the Dubai Spine Conference
Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Prof. Jean-Charles LeHuec and Prof. Michael Mayer are featured in the AMEinfo.com announcement of the 13th Dubai Spine Conference. Dr. Msaddi, President of the Conference, said "We are building on the great success of the previous Dubai Spine Conferences. The Conference hosted over 350 attendees from Middle East and Africa."
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ISASS Member Richard Kaul, MD Featured in: Spine Humanitarian Care: 3 Points on Spine Project Africa
Becker's Spine Review: "If I had to pick one part of the world where medical help is needed most, it would probably be the Congo," says Dr. Kaul. "They are at the bottom of United Nations rankings for their standard of living and they don't have any healthcare provisions."
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ISASS Member Neel Anand, MD Receives Vitals.com Patient's Choice and Compassionate Doctor Award
Vitals.com Patients’ Choice award recognizes doctors who make a difference in the lives of their patients. This honor is given to those physicians who have received near perfect scores as voted by their patients. Compassionate Doctor certification is part of 'Patients' Choice' where patients rate and vote for their favorite doctors. Patients have expressed their esteemed opinion of this doctor's bedside manner, identifying as one of America's Most Compassionate Doctors.
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ISASS12 Transfer of Presidency Video Now Available
The ISASS transfer of presidency took place at ISASS12 on Friday, March 23, 2012. Dr. Jean-Charles LeHuec transferred the presidency to Dr. Steven Garfin.
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ISASS Treasurer Gunnar B. J. Andersson, MD, PhD Receives Orthopaedic Research Society Award
AAOS Now is reporting that ISASS Board Member Gunnar B.J. Andersson, MD, the The Ronald L. DeWald, MD Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois has received the Orthopaedic Research Society's Alfred R. Shands Jr., MD Award and Lecture.
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Also See: Dr. Gunnar Andersson Receives Orthopaedic Research Society Award at Becker's Spine Review.

ISASS Member Jeffrey Fischgrund, MD Appointed to TranS1 Board of Directors
Yahoo! Finance US: TranS1 Inc., a medical device company focused on designing, developing and marketing spine products to treat degenerative conditions of the spine affecting the lower lumbar region, announced today that it has appointed Jeffrey Fischgrund, M.D. to serve on its Board of Directors.
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ISASS Members Featured in: What Percentage of Spine Surgeries Could be Performed in ASCs? 7 Surgeons Respond
Hyun Bae, MD and Paul Slosar, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review "Ask Spine Surgeons" weekly in which seven spine surgeons discuss the number of cases they could bring into an ambulatory surgery center.
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ISASS Member Dennis Crandall, MD Featured in: Mesa surgeon uses golfers as benchmark to tackle spinal surgery stigma
East Valley Tribune (AP): It’s common perception, explains Dr. Dennis Crandall, that spine surgery is a last resort — a surgery that often doesn’t even benefit the patient much at all. But according to a study by Sonoran Spine Foundation and Research in Mesa, that’s all it is — a perception.
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ISASS Member Kenneth Pettine Featured in: Podcast: Dr. Kenneth Pettine on the Society for Ambulatory Spine Surgery
Becker's Spine Review: Kenneth Pettine, MD, a spine surgeon in Loveland, Colo., and co-founder of the Society for Ambulatory Spine Surgery, discusses the inaugural meeting of SASS last November in Chicago.
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ISASS Members Featured in: 20 Spine Surgeons at Physician-Owned Hospitals
Alexander Bailey, MD and David B. Musante, MD are profiled in this Becker's Spine Review story about spine surgeons involved with physician-owned hospitals around the country.
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ISASS Member Dr. Frank Cammisa Featured in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Frank Cammisa of Hospital for Special Surgery
Becker's Spine Review has profiled Frank Cammisa, Jr., MD, "chief of the spine service at Hospital for Special Surgery. His expertise includes minimally invasive spine surgery, computer-assisted spinal surgery, athletic spinal injuries and motion-preserving procedures."
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Advocacy Alert: BCBS Minnesota Revises BMP Medical Policy IV-85
Orthopedics This Week is reporting that the Scoliosis Research Society and ISASS advocacy efforts regarding BMP Medical Policy IV-85 have resulted in review and change of their controversial policy. BCBS Minnesota "has rescinded a recent controversial policy of denying payment for ANY part of a surgery if BMPs are used off-label. [....] BCBS's Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Greg Gilmet, M.D., M.P.H., made good on the promise to consider revisions and informed SRS that the previous controversial policy was, 'reviewed, modified, and posted,' on the company's website, effective March 9, 2012."
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ISASS Member Dr. Paul Jeffords Featured in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Paul Jeffords of Resurgens Orthopaedics
Becker's Spine Review has profiled Paul R. Jeffords, MD, co-medical director of the Resurgens Spine Center in Atlanta and section chief of the department of orthopedic surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital.
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ISASS Members Featured in: 9 Spine Surgeons on Innovating With Device Companies
Michael Duffy, MD and Paul Slosar, MD are featured in this Becker's Spine Review article in which "spine surgeons discuss whether it is possible to continue innovation despite the scrutiny on relationships between surgeons and the device industry."
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ISASS12 Paper Presented by Ali Araghi, MD Featured in: New technique safely allows lateral interbody fusion without the need for repositioning
From Spinal News - CXVascular: "According to a study presented at ISASS12, by Ali Araghi, The Core Institute, Phoenix, USA, the Guyer lumbar interbody fusion (GLIF) procedure offers the unique advantage of allowing surgeons to perform interbody fusion with the patient in the prone position without the need for a repositioning 'flip'."
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ISASS12 Paper Presented by Jan Van Meirhaeghe, MD Featured in: Vertebral augmentation procedures provide greater pain relief than non-surgical management
From Spinal News - CXVascular: "A study presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for the Advancement of Spinal Surgery (ISASS; 20–23 March, Barcelona, Spain), by Jan Van Meirhaeghe (AZ Sint-Jan, Brugge-Oostende AV, Dienst Orthopedie en Traumatologie, Brugee, Belgium, showed that vertebral augmentation procedures are associated with greater pain relief and fewer subsequent fractures compared with non-surgical management for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures."
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ISASS Members Featured in: 20 Spine Surgeons Focusing on Scoliosis
Neel Anand, MD, Thomas Errico, MD and Steven D. Glassman, MD have been featured in this Becker's Spine Review article profiling 20 spine surgeons focusing on scoliosis.
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ISASS Members Featured in: 7 Spine Surgeons on Where to Focus Research
Becker's Spine Review has featured Neel Anand, MD and Paul Slosar, MD in this article. "Here are seven spine surgeon responses to the question: Where should spine surgeons focus their research efforts in the future?"
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ISASS Member Dr. Anthony Yeung Profiled in: Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Anthony Yeung of Desert Institute for Spine Care
Becker's Spine Review has featured Dr. Anthony Yeurng in this Spine Surgeon Leaders to Know article. "Anthony Yeung, MD, is founder of Desert Institute for Spine Care, where he performs endoscopic spine surgery using the FDA approved Yeung Endoscopic Spine System, which he developed."
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ISASS Member Barbara Cataletto Featured in: How to Collect More Often on Spine Cases
Barbara Cataletto, MBA, CPC has been featured in Becker's Spine Review article: "It is amazing to me that we still have the propensity to lose earned revenues due to customer failures that are the result of our own business associates. This includes the physician, ancillary support staff, coders and reimbursement teams that are put into place to ensure a collective and successful process."
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ISASS Member Dr. Amol Rege Featured in: Man back on feet after spine injury
From Daily News & Analysis: “Unlike the traditional approach of making large incisions to get to the spinal column, we inserted titanium screws and rods through small cuts made precisely into the vertebrae. The titanium screws are connected by arc-shaped rods through sophisticated screw extenders. This instrumentation creates an internal cast to support the spinal structure,” said Rege.
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ISASS Members to Speak at 10th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference
Charles Gordon, MD, Kenneth Pettine, MD, John Peloza, MD are scheduled to speak at the conference in June 2011. This conference includes great spine, orthopedic and pain management physician leaders as well as speakers on improving profitability in ASCs. (Via Becker's Spine Review.)
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ISASS Coding and Reimbursement Task Force Chair Dr. Morgan Lorio to Present at the 2012 Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale
The Spine Health Foundation (SHF) was selected to present a social enterprise pitch at the Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale. Dr. Morgan Lorio, Orthopedic Surgeon will speak on "Eliminating Disparity in Healthcare for the Disadvantaged."
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Four ISASS Members Featured in: 20 Surgeon Leaders in Independent Spine & Neurosurgical Groups
Dennis Crandall, MD, Stephen H. Hochschuler, MD, Rick Sasso, MD and Paul Slosar, Jr., MD have been profiled in this Becker's Spine Review article featuring spine surgeons and specialists who are leaders with spine practices.
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Advocacy Alert: ISASS Joins 370 Organizations in Calling for Repeal of IPAB
ISASS has signed a letter with hundreds of other organizations, expressing support for the complete repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which was included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act legislation. "We all share the conviction that the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) will not only severely limit Medicare beneficiaries’ access to care but also increase healthcare costs that are shifted onto the private sector."
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ISASS Advocacy Efforts Featured in: ISASS Expresses Concern for the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality's Spinal Fusion Review
ISASS advocacy efforts are featured in this Becker's Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management Review article. "ISASS is concerned with the inaccuracy simplicity of AHRQ's assumption that all patients are identical. ISASS believes nothing could be further from the truth."
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ISASS Member Gunnar Andersson, MD Noted in: 15 Recent Accomplishments for Spine & Neurosurgeons
ISASS Member and Treasurer Gunnar Andersson, MD is noted in this Becker's Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management Review article for the Henry Farfan Basic Science Award he received from the North American Spine Society and being honored by the Swedish American Museum for his support of the organization and contributions to the field of spine care.
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ISASS Advocacy Efforts Featured in: BCBS Threatens to Deny Entire Surgery Over BMP
ISASS advocacy efforts are highlighted in this Orthopedics This Week article. "[Dr. Thomas] Errico told OTW that surgeons have to remain vigilant and respond immediately and forcefully with the best interests of the patients at heart. 'They [the insurers] will learn to go elsewhere to save money. Spine surgeons simply cannot continue to keep their heads buried in the sands of clinical work and not pay attention to the whirling winds around them.'"
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ISASS Member Paul Slosar, MD Featured in: 5 Spine Surgeons on Responding to Coverage Denials
Paul Slosar, MD has been featured in this Becker's Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management Review article in which spine surgeons discuss how they approach conversations with payors about coverage denials.
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Interventional Spine, Inc. to Present the PerX360 System™ at the ISASS Annual Meeting in Barcelona, Spain
Interventional Spine®, Inc. today announced that Dr. Rudolf Morgenstern, Director and Chief Surgeon of the Morgenstern Institute for Endoscopic Spine Surgery at Centro Medico Teknon in Barcelona, and Dr. David Greenwald from Flagler Brain and Spine Institute of St. Augustine,Florida will present the PerX360™ System at the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) Annual Meeting in Barcelona, Spain.
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ISASS Member Paul Slosar, MD Featured in: The Most Helpful Tool in Spine Practice Marketing: 6 Surgeons Report
Paul Slosar, MD and five other spine surgeons discuss the most beneficial marketing tools for their practices in this Becker's Orthopedic & Spine ReviewAsk Spine Surgeons article.
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Dozens of ISASS Members Featured in: 200 Spine Surgeons & Specialists to Know
Many ISASS members are profiled in this Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review article.
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ISASS Member Featured in: One Spine Surgeon's Journey to Profitability: 5 Points on Dr. Anthony Yeung's Unique Practice & Procedure
Anthony Yeung MD has been profiled in this Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review article. "I did a general orthopedic residency in the early 1970s and realized then that joint arthroscopy and joint replacement would revolutionize the open treatment of joint surgery and eliminate the need for fusion for painful traumatic or infected joint conditions..."
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Three ISASS Members Featured in: 16 Spine Surgeons Discuss Patient Satisfaction
Neel Anand, MD, Scott Blumenthal, MD and Paul Slosar, MD are featured in this Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article.
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Four ISASS Members Featured in: 10 Spine Surgeons & Specialists Engaging in Spinal Biologics Research and Development
Howard An, MD, Hyun Bae, MD, Timothy Davis, MD and Wellington Hsu, MD have been profiled in this Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review article.
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IJSS Paper Featured in: Study: Preoperative Education May Increase Pain Management After Spinal Surgery
Effects of preoperative education on spinal surgery patients: "Implementation of preoperative education for spinal surgery patients had a positive impact on patient satisfaction, especially for pain management, according to a study in the International Journal of Spine Surgery."
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ISASS Member Featured in: When Athletes Have Spine Injuries: Q&A With Dr. Alexander Vaccaro
Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD, discusses spinal injuries in athletes in this Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review article.
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ISASS Featured in: Scoliosis Research Society Letter Protests BCBS of Minnesota
ISASS Advocacy efforts with theScoliosis Research Society regarding Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Policy IV-85 have been highlighted in this Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review article.
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ISASS Member Dr. Kai-Xuan Liu Presented at NYU Langone Medical Center
Dr. Kai-Xuan Liu, founder and chief endoscopic spine surgeon of Atlantic Spinal Care, New Jersey, was invited to visit the Center for the Study and Treatment of Pain (CSTP) at NYU Langone Medical Center on January 23, 2012.
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Latest Issue of The Spine Movement Newsletter Now Available
The latest issue of The Spine Movement includes Dr. Dilip Sengupta on Dynamic Stabilization in the Treatment of Low Back Pain – The Current Status, an introduction of ISASS12 Presidential Guest Speaker Jason Drew and the launch of the first ISASS Reader Poll: What Would Make Spine Surgery Better?
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Advocacy Alert: ISASS to Support SRS Response to BCBS Minnesota Medical Policy IV-85
ISASS will be co-signing with The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) on the response to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota's Medical Policy IV-85 for "Bone Morphogenic Protein". The policy severely restricts patient access to BMP.
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ISASS Member Anthony Yeung, MD Featured in: 凤凰城微创脊柱外科中心
Dr. Anthony Yeung has been profiled in this Fudan University, China, article.
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Three ISASS Members Featured in: 10 Spine Surgeons Focusing on Trauma
Scott L. Blumenthal, MD, Isador Lieberman, MD, MBA, FRCSC and Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD have been featured in this Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review article.
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Four ISASS Members Named to Lanx, Inc. Advisory Board: Lanx, Inc. Names Prominent Spine Surgeons to Surgeon Advisory Board
Andrew Cappuccino, MD, Massimo Balsano, MD, Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD and Vikas Patel, MD have been named to the Lanx Surgeon Advisory Board, which provides strategic guidance to Lanx on product commercialization, clinical studies, and medical education.
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Advocacy Alert: Doc Fix Tentative Deal Reached
The LA Times is reporting that federal lawmakers have reached a tentative agreement today on a payroll tax holiday bill to avert a 27%+ cut in Medicare physician payment rates. The agreement would extend the current rates through the end of 2012. ModernHealthCare.com is reporting that the agreement also extends certain Medicare programs while making $11+ billion in cuts to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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ISASS Members Featured in: Are Spine Surgeons Seeing Patient Volume Increase or Decrease?
Dennis Crandall, MD and Paul Slosar, MD are featured in this Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article.
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ISASS Members Featured in: 17 Spine Surgeon Leaders in State Orthopedic Societies
Alan Dacre, MD, Louis Jenis, MD, Geoffrey M. McCullen, MD, Jeffrey Wang, MD have been featured in this Becker's Orthopedic and Spine Review article.
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ISASS Members Rick Delamarter, MD and Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD in: Question: How Does Smoking Affect the Spine?
Question: How Does Smoking Affect the Spine? Back pain is one of the many health risks of smoking. How exactly does exposure to nicotine damage the spinal structures? Answer: One way is that it affects blood vessels.
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ISASS Member Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD in: How Does Being a Smoker Affect Your Back?
"Smoking increases the rate at which discs degenerate, according to Dr. Alexander Vaccaro, attending surgeon, orthopedics and neurosurgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia."
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Advocacy Alert: New Jersey State Spine Society Emergency Meeting
Dr. Mitchell Reiter, President NJSSS, has called for an emergency meeting to be held on on February 15, 2012 at the Sheraton Tara Hotel, 199 Smith Road, in Parsippany, New Jersey. Major issues have arisen from proposals by Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey and Cigna that will dramatically reduce reimbursement rates for spine procedures. The meeting is being held to collect input and activate spine surgeons in New Jersey to address this direct and specific attack on spine procedure reimbursement.
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Ten ISASS Members Featured in: 20 Spine and Neurosurgeon Inventors to Know
James Chappuis, MD, Kingsley Chin, MD, Charles Gordon, MD, Ken Hsu, MD, Casey Lee, MD, Isador Lieberman, MD, Kenneth Pettine, MD, Jeffrey Wang, MD, Anthony Yeung, MD and Jim Zucherman, MD have been featured in this Becker's Orthopedic and Spine article.
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ISASS Past President Stephen Hochschuler, MD featured in: 8 Changes to Ensure a Brighter Future for Spine Surgery
Dr. Hochschuler is featured in this Becker's Orthopedic and Spine article. He is co-founder of the Texas Back Institute and past president and founding member of ISASS. He discusses eight changes for a more positive spine and healthcare environment in the future.
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ISASS Member Dennis Crandall, MD Featured in: Why Do Spine Surgeons Choose Private Practice or Hospital Employment?
Dr. Crandall in Becker's Orthopedic and Spine's weekly Ask Spine Surgeons: "It all comes down to the surgeon's quality of life. During my 20 years of practice, all of the hospitals in my community have changed CEOs, alliances, insurance carriers, visions of future direction and associations with other physicians both employed and independent..."
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Video: Dr. Morgan Lorio's AHRQ Testimonial
ISASS Coding and Reimbursement Task Force Chair Morgan Lorio, MD has posed a video testimonial response to the AHRQ: Comments on Key Questions. Dr. Lorio: "To exclude patients from fusion will save money; rationing spinal care will cripple the back bone of America."
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ISASS Past President and Member Panelists in Multiple Discussions on Spine at AAOS Meeting
Thomas Errico, MD and ISASS member John Bendo, MD featured panelists at the AAOS meeting held in San Francisco this week. Panel discussion include: Spine: A Review Course and Spine Realignment Planning In Adult Deformity: New Tools, Formulas And Techniques.
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ISASS Member Kai-Xuan Liu, MD, PhD: Brings Advanced Techniques of Endoscopic Spine Surgery to China
Kai-Xuan Liu, MD, PhD, founder and chief endoscopic spine surgeon of Atlantic Spinal Care, New Jersey, visited multiple hospitals and medical centers in Chongqing, Beijing, and Shanghai during his China trip on January 2-8, 2012.
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Advocacy Alert: Call to Action from ISASS Coding and Reimbursement Task Force Chair Morgan Lorio, MD
"It has been brought to my attention that YOUR IMMEDIATE ACTION IS REQUIRED regarding a time sensitive notice issued by the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Summarized, AHRQ has requested comments on spinal fusion for painful lumbar degenerative disc or joint diseases. It is our timely duty, and it is imperative that we respond with a strong front supporting the care of our spinal patients. As spinal surgeons, we must be actively involved in this worthy endeavor."
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ISASS Member James Yue, MD featured in: The four principles behind the advancement of spinal surgery
Dr. Yue, associate professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine talks to Spinal News International about ISASS12 and the need for “C.U.R.E”.
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ISASS Partners with SpineSearch on New Online Career Development Center
ISASS is pleased to announce a new partnership with SpineSearch which includes the creation of a Career Development Center that will appear on both ISASS.org and Spine-Search.com.
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ISASS Member Dennis Crandall, MD in: 8 Pillars of Success at Sonoran Spine Center
Spine practices can follow one of several different business models with a focus on either surgical cases, non-surgical cases or a mix of both. When founding his group, Sonoran Spine Center, Dennis Crandall, MD, chose a model that emphasized treating all different types of patients. Featured in Becker's Orthopedic and Spine.
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ISASS Member Daniel Capen, MD Featured in: 10 Spine Surgeons & Specialists Focusing on Ethics
Daniel Capen, MD is featured in this Becker's Orthopedic and Spine article that hightlights spine surgeons that hold leadership positions in spine-focused ethics committees and organizations.
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Two ISASS Members Featured in: Which Spine Procedures Are Difficult to Receive Reimbursement For?
ISASS Members Dennis Crandall, MD and Paul Slosar, MD are highlighted in this Becker's Orthopedic and Spine Ask Spine Surgeons article.
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ISASS Member Jeffrey Wang, MD Joins Collaborative Spine Research Foundation Board of Directors
The Collaborative Spine Research Foundation (Collaborative Spine), a non-profit fundraising and grants administration organization co-created by the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF)...
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ISASS Members Scott L. Blumenthal, MD, Frank P. Cammisa Jr., MD and Dennis Crandall, MD Featured in: 92 Team Physicians for Professional Basketball
Three ISASS members are highlighted is this Becker's Orthopedic and Spine list of team physicians for National Basketball Association teams who focus on orthopedics and sports medicine. The list is in alphabetical order by team name.
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ISASS Member Richard Kaul, MD in: 5 Points on Integrating Spine & Sports Medicine Into One Orthopedic Group
Richard Kaul, MD, a spine specialist and president of New Jersey Spine and Rehabilitation, and Sean Lager, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with Gotham City Orthopedics, recently teamed up to found Total Orthopedic Sports and Spine, a new orthopedic and spine practice. Featured in Becker's Orthopedic and Spine.
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Three ISASS Members Featured in: 7 Spine Surgeons on Using Robotic Technology
ISASS members Dennis Crandall, MD, Paul Slosar, MD and William Tobler, MD have been featured in this Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review Ask Spine Surgeons article.
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Latest Issue of The Spine Movement Newsletter Now Available
The latest issue of The Spine Movement includes "Regulation and Innovation: The Milliman and NICE Guidelines" by Martin Knight, MD, FRCS, MBBS, The Spinal Foundation, Congleton, UK. Dr. Knight outlines the often overlong process of making a novel technique into an established, reimbursable one, and offers a proposal to allow for speedy access to innovation with minimal risk to the patient.
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Announcing ISASS Coding & Reimbursement Task Force
Dr. Morgan Lorio will chair the ISASS Coding & Reimbursement Task Force which will identify, develop and assist advocacy efforts for spine surgeons and patients.
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Two ISASS Members Featured in: Spine Surgeons: Is An ACO in Your Future?
ISASS members Dennis Crandall, MD and Paul Slosar, MD have been featured in this Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review weekly "Ask Spine Surgeons" article.
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ISASS Member Michael S. Hisey, MD, Named President at Texas Back Institute
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review is reporting that Michael S. Hisey, MD, has been named the new medical director for the Texas Back Institute, according to a Texas Back Institute news statement. Dr. Michael Hisey has been orthopedic surgeon at the Texas Back Institute for 14 years...
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Three ISASS Members Featured in: Where are Spine Surgeons Focusing Research & Development in 2012?
ISASS Members Neel Anand, MD, Dennis Crandall, MD and Paul Slosar, MD have been featured in this Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review weekly "Ask Spine Surgeons" article.
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ISASS Board Member Gunnar Andersson, MD Presented with NASS' Henry Farfan Basic Science Award
Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH is reporting that Gunnar Andersson, MD, PhD was presented with the prestigious NASS Henry Farfan Basic Science Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions in spine related basic science research.
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Four ISASS Members Featured in: 10 Spine Surgeon Practice Leaders to Know
ISASS Members Dennis Crandall, MD, Stephen H. Hochschuler, MD, Rick Sasso, MD and Paul Slosar, Jr., MD have been featured in this Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review article.
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ISASS Member John Peloza Featured in: Importance of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in the ASC Setting: Q&A With Dr. John Peloza
John H. Peloza, MD, is an orthopedic spine surgeon, founder and medical director of the Center for Spine Care and founding physician partner of the Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery in Dallas.
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ISASS Members Featured in: 38 Spine & Neurosurgeons on the Move in 2011
Leon Abram, MD, Joshua Landa, MD and Issada Thongtrangan, MD have been highlighted in this Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review article.
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ISASS Members Dennis Crandall, MD and Paul Slosar, MD Featured in: What is Your Number One Concern for Spine Surgery in 2012?
Dr. Dennis Crandall and Dr. Paul Slosar have been featured in this Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review article. Dr. Slosar: "Patient access to spinal healthcare. I am concerned that the healthcare reform combined with private insurers denying medically necessary procedures will lead to patients suffering unnecessarily when there are effective and proven technologies available to help them."
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